I didn't know till very recently that XP, Vista supported custom taskbars, in addition to the main taskbar  - the one with the "Start" button. This is a pretty cool, relatively unknown (at least I didn't know about it till now - and XPs been out since Oct 2001) feature. Here's how you do it:

 

1. Select a folder - any folder. In this case, I have selected one of the start menu folders.

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2. Drag and drop the folder to the desktop's edge

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3. A new taskbar should appear where you dragged and dropped the folder.

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4. Right click on the new taskbar and customize it; add new tool bars - the same ones that are available to add on the main taskbar

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Pretty nice eh. I have mine set up to show the address bar, quick links, links, a couple of folders on my HDD, a couple of SharePoint folders that I regularly access (instead of typing in the http url of the sharepoint folder, type it in as a file path; for e.g. if you want to add http://sharepoint/sites/site1/folder1, type in \\sharepoint\sites\site1\folder1). My main task bar only shows the running apps now; I use the new taskbar for general navigation, launching apps etc.

 

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