Add an Internet URL address Bar to Windows XP Taskbar
Windows XP Home and Professional

You can add an Internet URL address bar to your Windows XP taskbar. Doing so will let you type in URLs and launch Web pages without first launching a browser. It will also let you launch some native Windows XP applications in much the same way as you would via the Run menu (so you could type in calc to launch the calculator or mspaint to launch Microsoft Paint. Here's how you add the address bar:

  • Right-click on the taskbar, select Toolbars, and then click Address.
  • The word Address will appear on your taskbar.
  • Double click it to access it.
  • If that doesn't work, your taskbar is locked. You can unlock it by right-clicking on the taskbar again and uncheck Lock the Taskbar.
  • You may also need to grab the vertical dotted lines beside the word Address and drag it to the left to make the Address window appear.

Put Your Desktop On Your Windows XP Taskbar
Windows XP Home and Professional

  • Right-click on your taskbar
  • Select "Toolbars"
  • Place a checkmark next to Desktop

Now your desktop is accessible from your taskbar. Now, if you want you can hide all your desktop shortcut icons and access them from your taskbar. Your desktop will be appear clean and uncluttered, your beautiful wallpaper can actually be seen, and you'll be the envy of all your cluttered-desktop friends! :)

To hide all your desktop shortcut icons -

  • Right-click on an empty area of your desktop
  • Select "Arrange icons by.."
  • Uncheck "Show desktop icons"

That's all there is to it! Now your Tommy The Train wallpaper will be gloriously revealed without all those desktop icons scattered all over.

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