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What's on your quicklaunch?

Trying to lighten the atmosphere a little.

It still amazes me when I go to a production Win2k web server and the IIS Configuration applet isn't on the quicklaunch bar (or at least on the desktop).

The first things that usually go on mine:
Dev Studio (whatever I'm using at the time)
Event Log
Calculator
Services
IIS
Ultraedit
URLRun

Lately XMLSpy and Terminal Services as well.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Total Commander
Delphi 6
Visual Studio .NET 2003
My Documents (shortcut to folder)
WinAmp
iTunes
The Bat! 2.01
MyIE2
Microsoft Word 2000
FlashGet
Nero Burning ROM 6
Paint Shop Pro 8
NetLimiter 1.22
Control Panel (shortcut to folder)
Advanced Uninstaller Pro 6.01

JR
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I like to have my quick launch bar docked to the right side of the screen, so I can have a lot of things on it.

JR
Thursday, November 06, 2003

-Netscape Mail Compose (short cut to actually writing an email, Netscp.exe" -compose)
-Netsend utility (for quick messages to co-workers)
-Schematron Validator
-SecureCRT (telnet)
-CMD window (short cut to cmd.exe)
-CuteFTP
-Dreamweaver MX 2004
-TopStyle Lite
-Crimson Editor
-Note Pad (i love the pad)
-Opera 7
-Netscape 4
-IE6
-Netscape 7
-Firebird .7
-Show Desktop
-My Documents
-Folder shortcut for another "working" folder
-My Computer

I also have 2 folders that act as menus.

One for larger applications that I don't want to accidently press. Adalon, Photoshop, Flash MX 2004, and 2 other work applications that take a long time too load.

The other is my Desktop. (So I can not see my desktop, yet still get to all the stuff on it.)

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My home PC has about half of those apps on it. Plus JBuilder 9 Personal.

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I hate using the start menu. I'd have to click, "start", "programs", then find the maker of the software, then find the icon for the software. Me likes the quicklaunch very much. me likes....

Michael Sica
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Why not just arrange your start menu to suit, instead? That way, you can get to things with a few key presses instead of having to move your hand to the mouse.

For example: Visual Studio 2002 is: Start / 2 / 1 / d

http://dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com/junk/startmenu-example.png

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Thursday, November 06, 2003

because big button on the bottom of my screen are easier to find and click on. :)

(i use "large icons" for my quicklaunch)

Michael Sica
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Let's see...
- Show Desktop
- Windows Media Player
- A little Delphi app I wrote to clear the Documents menu
- A shortcut to fast user switch*
- Command Prompt
- Paint Shop Pro
- Word
- Excel
- PowerPoint
- Access
- Outlook
- GXExplorer


* The command is %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I'm a minimalist.

-desktop
-my computer
-RDP client
-putty
-SQLEM
-My Documents
-TextPad
-Outlook
-IE

Matthew Lee
Thursday, November 06, 2003

IE, Show Desktop, SecureCRT, SecureFX, TOra (free TOAD look-alike).

MR
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Have no quicklaunch, use a WinKey instead. The power is in the fingertips, you know ..

Evgeny Goldin
Thursday, November 06, 2003

"A shortcut to fast user switch*"

Hold Windows key, press L.

Also, +1 for WinKey. Excellent utility (the shortcut above is a system shortcut, not a WinKey shortcut).

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I guess I'm the only true minimalist here:

1. Show desktop
2. Base Music folder
3. Windows Explorer

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I also run the classic start menu and put all my programs above Program Files rather than in Program Files.

Almost Anonymous
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I use GNOME on Linux, but I use a panel on the right side of the screen with the most used apps:

-terminal
-Anjuta C/C++ IDE
-DDD Debugger
-Glade UI Builder
-Eclipse
-VisualWorks 7.1
-shortcut to current Squeak Smalltalk  project
-shortcut to the folder containing all my Squeak projects
-Mozilla 1.5
-Ximian Evolution
-Pan News Reader

Giovanni Corriga
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Brighter day:

Mozilla
KMail
Xine
ICQ :-)
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Evgeny Gesin /Javadesk/
Thursday, November 06, 2003

"It still amazes me when I go to a production Win2k web server and the IIS Configuration applet isn't on the quicklaunch bar (or at least on the desktop)."

Hmmm...Why is that? What are you having to reconfigure so frequently?

Mark Hoffman
Thursday, November 06, 2003

tcsh
vi
DevStudio
Perforce Client
IntelliJ Idea
Mozilla Firebird
PuTTY
X-Thin Pro Shortcuts

r1ch
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Well I use Object Desktop and DesktopX but I guess the equivalent list to the Quicklaunch would be the single click icons I have.
From left to right in the main set

Calypso, email client
Mozilla
Visual Fox
MSDN
Cygwin
Ultraedit
Citydesk (hmmm that's from my original installation of it, not used now)
Command Window
Icon Workshop
BestFTP

In the system tray
All the usual IM junk
OpenOffice
Semag
etc, etc

And going down the right hand edge just two

Photoshop
Pueblo

Simon Lucy
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Mark -
Setting up and debugging, and then new sites after that.

Philo

Philo
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I use a two-line taskbar so that I can have the QuickLaunch in one line and open applications in the next, but...

Show Desktop
IE
OE
EditPlus
Outlook
Access
Excel
FrontPage
PowerPoint
Word
VSS
VS.NET 2003 (shortcut to 2K2 is on the desktop)
SQL Server Enterpise Manager
SQL Server Query Analyzer
IIS Admin
Command Prompt
Windows Media Player
Mozilla
SharpReader

Dave Rothgery
Thursday, November 06, 2003

"'A shortcut to fast user switch*'

Hold Windows key, press L."

Yeah, I know. I just like having an icon of some keys on my Quick Launch bar! ;-)

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Even more important, do you have http://www.dqsd.net/ installed?

Nick Brosnahan
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Yay! I win for smallest list!
IE
Textpad
Absolute FTP
Putty
OE
Win CVS

vince
Thursday, November 06, 2003

My QuickLaunch:

IE
Command Prompt
Show Desktop


and here some helpful keyboard shortcuts:

Windows key + D = Show Desktop (aka Minimize All Windows)

Windows key + E = open a new File Explorer window

runtime
Thursday, November 06, 2003

I will now start numbering all my shortcuts ala Brad Wilson.  Thanks for the tip.

Jason Watts
Thursday, November 06, 2003

DQSD Is a MUST!

I keep my quicklaunch pretty minimal :

Desktop
Outlook
IE
Winamp

and use XP's smart menu keep my most often used programs within easy reach. At the moment it's :

Notepad
Remote Desktop
Query Analyzer
VS.NET
Homesite
FileZilla

When HomeSite or VB6 get too high in the list (like now), it's a good sign that I'm not doing enough interesting work :)

Damian
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Desktop
IE
Context (text editor)
Explorer
Genstat (statistical software)
Splus (statistical software)
VS.net 2003
Groupwise (email, calendar, etc == sucks)
Musicmatch

uncronopio
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Rather a lot. I have it as a second line under my taskbar.

Here goes: Shortcut to Desktop, Shortcut to Control Panel, URL to Google, Mozilla, IE6, Editor2, MailWasher, Outlook, Access, Word, Iphile, StartupCpl, SQL Service Manager, Regedit, Fax Service Management, a CD player, .NET documentation, C#Builder, SharpDevelop, SpGen, ConText, RegCleaner, and currently three pop-up menus (should be about 6/7, really must get round to setting the others up) courtesy of the wonderful little app Short Popup.

No, I don't like the Start Menu much! How did you guess?

Dave Hallett
Thursday, November 06, 2003

what's quicklaunch? Is it the right mouse button?

Tom Vu
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Uh, "Mozilla" in the above list is actually Firebird, if anyone really cares...

Dave Hallett
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Finder, Safari, Mail, iChat, Xcode, iTunes, Dreamweaver MX, System Preferences

Aren't there any Mac OS X users out there?

Nick Lassonde
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Show Desktop
Outlook Express
Opera 7
IE 6
Mozilla Firebird
Explorer
Trillian

Pinned to my start menu are:
CuteFTP
Paintshop Pro 6
QVCS
Ultraedit32
Autoruns
FastDefrag

Jack of all
Thursday, November 06, 2003

. gnome-terminal
. mozilla
. xmms
. ethereal
. RPN calculator

nat ersoz
Thursday, November 06, 2003

where'd you get the RPN calculator?

Philo

Philo
Thursday, November 06, 2003

outlook
notepad
excel
xml spy
visual studio
i-tunes
sharpreader
putty

Prakash S
Thursday, November 06, 2003

too much... 43 different icons. i keep the taskbar on the left hand side of the screen and my quicklaunch is the top third of that.

Summary:
editors (editplus, pfe)
custom build apps for business (5 different ones)
oracle apps (dba studio, top sessions, procedure builder, sqlplus),
business objects apps x3
some excel docs for passwords and/or bank details
sql server apps (enterprise manager, query analyzer)
word docs on business processes
telnet clients (to five different machines)
x server for windows
development tools (vb, vss, vmware)
some basic tools (word, outlook, excel etc)
terminal services icons (three different machines)
finance app
helpdesk app

and there are a couple of things i go to the start menu for most days, incl awasu (rss reader)

ko
Thursday, November 06, 2003

http://galculator.sourceforge.net/

Ya gotta have gnome libraries to use it.  Long ago I wrote a windows RPN calc - but was never happy with its usability.  In fact I've been unhappy with all computer based calculators, but ya gotta have it...

I might go check out the new HP49's one of these days.

nat ersoz
Thursday, November 06, 2003

FWIW, Calc98 also does RPN. I'm not a big fan of the UI, though.
http://www.calculator.org/

Groucho
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Show Desktop
Windows Explorer

I put all my frequently used apps in the Start menu, above (not in) the "Programs" menu item. I nixed the "Documents" menu item (TweakUI?), and use the large icons so each menu item is a good-sized target, easy to pick. Not that you asked.

JG
Thursday, November 06, 2003

Safari, Mail, iChat, BBEdit, Terminal, iTunes, Default Folder X, LaunchBar, and six folders with applications in them.  These are on my Dock, pinned to the bottom-right.  I've got three drawers on the bottom-left of my screen with another dozen apps.

H. Lally Singh
Friday, November 07, 2003

There are 43 applications on my QuickLaunch toolbar. Nope, I'm not going to list them all.

Andrew Lighten
Friday, November 07, 2003

At home: Nothing. :)

Sum Dum Gai
Friday, November 07, 2003

Outlook, MSVC, SourceSafe, Scite, Treepad, FlashFXP, Nero, Remote Desktop connection to our headless build box, Araxis Merge, an in-house tool for editing graphics, a shortcut to my download folder, Foobar2000, Photoshop.

Phoenix
Friday, November 07, 2003

Nothing.
I prefer to have the screen space.
I do move common progams to the outer Start Menu (great when others are trying to use my PC!).

MugsGame
Friday, November 07, 2003

3ds max 6.lnk              Flash Programmer.lnk                  Nero ImageDrive.lnk          XBConnect.lnk
Acer Notebook Manager.lnk  Galaxy.lnk                            Project Navigator.lnk        XMANAGER.lnk
Ad-aware 6.0.lnk            Idefixer.lnk                          QuickTime Player.lnk          Xbox Neighborhood.lnk
Ad-watch 3.0.lnk            Internet Explorer.lnk  Recycle Bin.lnk              ac97mixer.lnk
Adobe Reader 6.0.lnk        IrfanView.lnk                          SocksCap V2.lnk              ePSXeLauncher.lnk
Akusho.lnk                  IsoBuster.lnk                          Stereoscopic Player.lnk      fpp.lnk
Alcohol 120%.lnk            Launch Microsoft Office Outlook.lnk    TI Connect.lnk                getright.exe.lnk
Beyond Compare 2.lnk        Leechftp.lnk                          TI InterActive!.lnk          icprog.lnk
C.lnk                      MPLAB IDE.lnk                          TRAOD.lnk                    mIRC.lnk
Calculator.lnk              Mathcad 11 Enterprise Edition.lnk      TeraTerm Pro.lnk              mpeg-vcr.lnk
Capture.lnk                Maya Unlimited 5.0.lnk                Theremin.exe.lnk              privoxy.exe.lnk
Catalyst Control Panel.lnk  Microsoft Virtual PC.lnk              UltraEdit-32 Text Editor.lnk  putty.lnk
Command Prompt.lnk          Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003.lnk  VirtualDub.lnk                shutdown.lnk
Cool Edit 2000.lnk          ModelSim XE II 5.7c.lnk                Volume Control.lnk            superscan.lnk
CuteFTP Pro.lnk            My Computer.lnk                        WinHex.exe.lnk                ttermpro.lnk
Cygwin.lnk                  My Documents.lnk                      WinHex.lnk                    winLAME.exe.lnk
Dbgview.lnk                My Network Places.lnk                  Winamp.lnk
Derive 5.lnk                Nero - Burning Rom.lnk                Windows Messenger.lnk

Mr.Anonymous
Saturday, April 03, 2004

I use folders to group items together. It's interesting that the folders will only "expand" if they are not onscreen, i.e. they are in the quicklaunch area you see when you hit the ">>".

If a folder appears normally on the quick launch bar, then selecting it will not cause it to expand, it will open the folder in a new explorer window.

I am wondering if this behavior can be changed?

ted pederson
Monday, June 07, 2004

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