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    Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Can someone please give me a clue as to where the Free Hotmail program could be lurking, it will be seen from the screen shot that (unless I am mistaken) it just tells me where the "desktop shortcut icon" is. viz. Cocuments and Settings-Desktop [1] I have done a search for "Free Hotmail" but nothing is listed. I know I can sign in to my Hotmail account by typing "Free Hotmail" into my browser but I would like to put an icon on the Start button and am just curious to know where the program is that the desktop shortcut icon points to. Thanks Dave.
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Hotmail is not a program installed on your PC, it is a so-called webmail client, it works through your web browser.
    You can drag the shortcut on your desktop to the start button; wait (while still holding down the mouse button) until the start menu pops up. You can then drag the shortcut to a convenient location in the start menu or one of its submenus, and drop it there.

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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    As ever thank you Hans for your reply, that accounts for why I could not find it BUT, I have previously tried dragging the shortcut to the Start button as you suggested and dropped it in the upper section but it will not stay there. The attachment shows it having been dropped there but the next time I click on the Start button it is not visible, what if anything, am I doing wrong? Thanks Dave.
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Sorry, I can't explain that. If I drop a shortcut there, it stays. Hopefully someone else will have a suggestion for you.

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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Try right clicking it and selecting "Pin to Start Menu"

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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Did you create that desktop shortcut, and if so, where does it take you ???

    Try going to the Hotmail sign-in page and the click on the address to highlight it and then right click and select copy. Now close the Hotmail page and right click on your desktop and select New>Shortcut and when the wizard opens, right click on the empty address box and select Paste then click Next and name your new shortcut Hotmail and OK your way out. You should now have a new shortcut to Hotmail and be able to right click on it and select Pin To Start Menu as Dave suggested and have a working shortcut that wil stay where you put it.
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Thanks again, I tried right clicking on the Firefox shortcut but the menu box offers no option for "Pin to Start menu" whereas doing the same on other icons on the desktop does, see screen shots. There is no need to protract the thread unnecessary because as I said, even if the shortcut did get deleted from the desk top (I am not the only user of the computer) I can still log on by typing "Free Hotmail" into my browser, I just thought it would be ok to have it available on the "Start" button. Thanks anyway guys. Dave.
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Pin option is available on this shortcut. DD
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Do you use the Quick Launch toolbar? If not, you can make it visible by right-clicking an empty part of the Windows taskbar and selecting Toolbars > Quick Launch.
    You can add a shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar by dragging it there.
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Hi, no I have not resorted to using the Quick Launch tool bar in the past though I was aware how to select it so I decided to try it but (unlike your screen shot as mine shows) no icon appeared on the taskbar to indicate the Quick launch tool bar is active, all that shows there it the blank Word file that I opened to obscure the stuff on the desktop. The only visual difference of the taskbar from how it looked before clicking the Quick Launch option are the six feint dots which appear to the right of the existing six dots next to the Start button, the presence of which indicate the task bar is not locked. Regards Dave
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    Re: Hotmail program (XP SP2)

    Try dragging the separator (the dots) bordering the Word icon to the right. Do icons appear? If not, your Quick Launch toolbar is currently empty. You can drag shortcuts to it to populate it.

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