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How to Speed up Quicklaunch
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Published on 05/1/2011
 
Vista introduces a keyboard shortcut that gets those programs started even faster.

How to Speed up Quicklaunch
The Quicklaunch toolbar that runs along the bottom-left side of the display in Vista is, unsurprisingly, a quick way to launch your favourite applications. If you find your mouse a bit of a bore, then Vista introduces a keyboard shortcut that gets those programs started even faster. Just hold down the Windows key and tap the number key that indicates its position on the toolbar. For example, to launch the first program from the left use the Windows key and 1.