Desktop Tool Bar: Use and How to Customize to fit your needs
Window 95, 98 & NT
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Let's take a more detail look at the Desktop Tool Bar.
Normally has shortcut icons for programs like MS Word, Access, Excel, CorelDraw, etc.  Can be used for file short Cuts as well but that is normally too many to display.  Microsoft has given you a choice to add extra tool bars by clicking an icon to toggle between different tool bars.  Tool Bar can be dragged and reshaped across the top, floating or to the side or bottom by grabbing "Office" and dragging it to the location of choice. I like mine on the right side.
View of floating Tool Bar

Note: 1st little group is Windows Explorer, Computer Files, Printer Files.  Then Notepad, Word, Excel,etc.

1.Let's Customize to fit your needs
Right mouse click on "Office" gives you a menu>>>
Select "Customize".

Note: the top portion of menu indicates only the "Office" tool bar is loaded and toggle not possible. Selecting one of the other tool bars will load them and their shortcuts.


2. Note 4 tabs: 
Tool Bar.
View Tab: 
Select "on top" because you want this displayed on top of any windows you are running and not hidden. Other settings are self explanatory.
3. Buttons Tab:
By checking the box in the list, the icon will display on the tool bar. Removing the check will remove the Shortcut from Displaying.
By selecting the name, and pressing the "Delete" button will remove the shortcut from the system. Note: "Toobar" box has "Office" displayed. This is the tool bar your are working on. By selecting another toobar will have different shortcuts. To Add a new Shortcut, select "Add File..." Browser will appear and find file you want a short cut to. Scrolling will show all the available shortcuts on the system. "Move" arrows will change the position of the checked icons on the displayed toolbar. 
Click OK when done or your changes will not be saved.

To add a "space" between some group, select the file you want the space to be above, click "Add Space" button.
4. Toolbars Tab: Note: I'm only using 1 toolbar named "Office".  I don't like toggling. You may have by checking the square box and customizing in the Button Tab. You can Add a New Tool bar, Select and Remove or Rename. The move arrows will change the order they will be displayed which is one at a time.  Click OK when done or your changes will not be saved.
Desktop Checked gives you a Toolbar with all the shortcuts on your Desktop
gives shortcuts the Quick Shelf Folder and it's content files
has been renamed from Web. It has all the shortcuts to your web sites that you added to "Favorites"
Programs has shortcuts to all your computer programs or ".exe" file types.
Accessories has short cuts to the computers accessory files like calculator, Character Map and etc.
Recommend customizing your own toolbar by selecting those files you commonly want to access as the toolbars by default contain files you never use.

Okay, I gave you the functional highlights. Now add a new shortcut to the tool bar. Add Notepad Application shortcut. Yeh, I know you may already have it listed but let's pretend you don't and add the duplicate. Hint. Applications all have an ".exe" extension. Go to the "Find" utility and get the path and then return to the customizing form and browse for it through the "Button Tab", "Add File..." button. It should be "C:\Windows\Notepad.exe" Do you see it on the toolbar? Did you click OK to save your change? Did you Check the box in the List? Let's Add a new toolbar and call it "My Stuff".  Do you see it on the toolbar? Did you click OK to save your change? Did you Check the box in the List?

Now, Let's go back and change the position of Notepad to be the first icon in the row.

Are you satisfied you know how to customize the Toolbar?  If so, let's go back and remove both additions. Be sure to click OK to save changes.

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