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    Desktop toolbars

    I want to put a toolbar on the left side of my screen (NOT the taskbar, which is on the right side already).

    I have had this for ages on my old XP machine but I can't seem to get it to work in Win 8.1 and all the Google search produces is how to put a toolbar inside of the existing taskbar, which I don't want to do.

    A Microsoft help post said I could put a folder on the desktop and drag it to the edge, where it should dock itself. But this does not work for me. When I try to do this, the folder winds up sitting next to the screen edge and not docking like a toolbar.

    Any ideas?

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    OK, so I have an answer/solution.

    First, this very useful functionality was apparently removed by Microsoft in Win7. Why? Who knows [shrug].

    Here is an article that points to freeware called Coolbarz:
    Create and Dock the custom toolbar to the top edge of Windows 8 computer screen
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/coolba...lbar-windows-8

    I downloaded the latest version (1.1) of the Coolbarz software I could find, which happens to be from Softpedia:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...Coolbarz.shtml

    I installed the portable software, which appears to be working fine so far. I created two toolbars, one on the left side of the screen and one on the top. You can create bars on all 4 screen sides, one on each screen edge. There are a lot of options you can choose from in configuring the bars you create. For release 1.1, the software seems well designed. It is much more functional than what Microsoft offered originally.

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