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Here's what you do...
1. Right-click the task bar
2. Slide up to the toolbar menu.
3. Slide over to the New toolbar... menu item (see this for example : https://i.stack.imgur.com/hlVJv.png^ )
4. YOu will then select a folder that will appear on your taskbar. (I made one named toolbar.) That folder name will appear on your taskbar.
5. Next, drop in any shortcuts that you want to start from there.
6. Once you drop in some shortcuts you will see a little down arrow on your taskbar.
when you click that down arrow you will see the quick launch items -- items you can click to start.
It looks like the this : https://i.stack.imgur.com/qLtNw.png[^]
- I kept the default shortcut names for a couple of items I dropped in there so you can tell they are shortcuts.
NOTE: I use a vertical taskbar so you may think the taskbar looks odd in my snapshots.
Ironic that you mention that, as I'm writing an app-launcher as an eventual article. Launch websites, apps (and files associated with apps) and explorer.
One of the things that drives me nuts is the default location of apps -- with my launcher, you can "easily" specify the default starting location, including overriding the location with simple quadrant selection of all your monitors.
That part, positioning the window, is a bear. Windows does not make it easy.
It's not quite that simple. Applications like Visual Studio add their brand to the window title, maybe also "(Administrator)", though of course matching a substring is trivial. The main problem is that apps like VS take forever to load, so what do you set an acceptable timeout to for "wait for the window to show up before moving it?"
Then there's the scenario where I might want two instances of the same explorer window open. The titles match exactly, but finding the correct window handle is a bear that I haven't successfully wrestled to the ground yet.
Have you looked at Rainmeter, I know there are some using it as an app launcher. It is a wonderful app and you can customize it endlessly (benefit and drawback). Also it has a large community writing skins for it.
I have a decent hi-fi system in my office, but recently the tuner has been giving trouble. Occasionally, for no apparent reason, the left channel on a stereo broadcast just cuts out. As I only listen to one station, and just for background music at that, I decided to stick a one input, two output (or vice versa) stereo RCA switch into the link from the tuner to the preamp so the when the left channel dies I can just flip the switch and feed both channels of the preamp with the signal from the right channel of the tuner.
I got out the switch and my bits-box of hi-fi connectors to set about it. I found a selection Y (pairing) junctions and a bunch of gender-benders - and then sat there for twenty minutes fiddling with the stuff like a brain-dead dumbphuque trying to figure how to do it.
I did find a solution after about twenty minutes, but what would your solution be - it's almost certainly going to be better than mine!
I've had the lid off a couple of times, and re-seated all the (many) connectors and used a contact cleaner on them. As it was a top-of-the-line job when I bought it, I would be surprised if it were a solder joint - in any event, there are literally hundreds of joints on the main board and they all look good.
I suspect the problem will go away after a while, because it was sat in a cupboard for ten years as there were no FM stations worth listening to, but there is now a classical music and jazz station which I found by accident on my car radio. The periods between failure are getting longer, and usually now a few seconds off fixes it. I suspect it may be a dodgy electrolytic, but there are a lot of them to check!