How to Add Multiple Toolbars to Windows

This step by step guide will explain how to use multiple Toolbars in Windows, in addition to showing you some cool adjustments that can be made to the Taskbar to help you increase productivity.

This guide uses screenshots and wording that are based on Windows 10 (shortly). If you’re using an earlier version of Windows you’ll have no trouble following along – the steps and images are nearly identical.

  1. Start by right-clicking in an empty part of the taskbar and make sure Lock the taskbar isn’t checked.
  2. the Windows 10 taskbar context menu

  3. Something to try before you add a toolbar – did you know you can make the taskbar ‘taller’ – giving you more space to work with? Click the top of the taskbar, hold the button down, and drag upwards.
  4. dragging the taskbar up to increase its height

  5. To add a toolbar, right-click anywhere on the taskbar, select Toolbars from the menu, and then Links (we’ll go over the other toolbars a bit later in this guide).
  6. an arrow pointing to the Links toolbar in the windows taskbar context menu

  7. By default, the new toolbar will be added on the “end” of the taskbar next to the notification area. To move it, click on the “lines” next to it (see screenshot below), hold down the mouse button and drag the section to the left.
  8. a newly added toolbar in Windows

  9. Now your newly added toolbar will appear next to the “Start” button on the left side of your desktop.
  10. the Links toolbar on the left side of the Windows taskbar

  11. Drag and drop your favorite/most used Apps into the “Links” section and it will add that App to your “quick links”. In previous versions of Windows, this was called the “Quick Launch” section. It was replaced by the ability to “Pin” Apps to the taskbar, which isn’t quite the same. When you click a pinned app, the shortcut no longer allows you to open another instance of that App, and it moves to a different location on your taskbar.

    One thing you’ve probably noticed is that the few apps you may have added take up a lot of space in the new toolbar. It’s easy to fix it.

  12. some apps added to the Links toolbar

  13. Right-click in the Links toolbar and remove the check next to Show title in the menu.
  14. an arrow pointing to the Show title option in the Windows 10 taskbar context menu

  15. The title of the toolbar, Links is now gone, giving you more space.
  16. the Links toolbar with the name removed

  17. Right-click inside the Links toolbar again, but this time remove the check next to Show text
  18. an arrow pointing to the Show text option in the Windows 10 taskbar context menu

  19. Now the apps in your Links toolbar are just icons, making it a much smaller toolbar.
  20. the Links toolbar with the title and app names removed

  21. Keep adding apps as needed.
  22. a number of icons in the Windows taskbar Links toolbar

  23. Another toolbar you can add is an Address toolbar. Again, right-click somewhere on the taskbar, select Toolbars and finally Address
  24. an arrow pointing at the Address toolbar in the Windows 10 taskbar context menu

  25. Now you’ll have a place in your taskbar where you can launch web sites from. This toolbar has been around as a part of Windows for quite some time, and no one’s entirely sure why – it’s not helpful for most users. The final toolbar is named Desktop. It’s even more useless than the Address bar. It allows you to add a folder or drive to your toolbar. The exact same functionality can be replicated in your Links toolbar – just drag a folder or drive onto it and a shortcut to that folder or drive will appear.
  26. multiple toolbars in Windows

  27. Another tip that you might find helpful is to increase the size of the icons in the Links toolbar. To do this, right-click somewhere inside the Links toolbar, select View and then Large icons
  28. an arrow pointing to the Large icons menu item

  29. This will increase the size of the icons and the taskbar itself (if you have it set to the default size). The taskbar won’t be as “tall” as it would be if you drag it up one level, but it’s a bit taller.
  30. the Windows 10 taskbar with multiple toolbars and larger icons
    click to enlarge

  31. You can also move the entire taskbar to run vertically on the side of your desktop rather than horizontally at the bottom. Just click somewhere in the taskbar, hold the button down, and then drag it up and to the right (or left).
  32. multiple toolbars in Windows with an arrow pointing to the section next to Notifications
    click to enlarge

  33. Now your taskbar runs vertically, rather than horizontally.
  34. the Windows 10 taskbar with multiple toolbars running vertically on the desktop
    click to enlarge

  35. Now you know how to add multiple toolbars to your Windows taskbar!

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4 thoughts on “How to Add Multiple Toolbars to Windows”

  1. This looks just the answer to my problem, namely to create an additional toolbar on the right side of my screen, but for me it does not work on Windows 10 because there is no dotted line and the resize symbol will not come out of the taskbar. A large number of comments on other sites to queries very much like mine miss the point that what is wanted is the XP style extra toolbar (autohiding) off the taskbar.

  2. Its really awesome, like playing with your pc. Just added a toolbar on my pc with the help of your post. Thanks again.

  3. I have 2 “sections” on the first one (near the start) goes the WMP if i minimize it and the second one (near the clock) goe every program that i minimize and i cand remove the like quick launch any help with those

  4. I’ve been a big fan of this toolbar mechanism. A great thing about it is that you can share your toolbars across multiple computers, or save them when you re-install your PC.

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