Custom Toolbar for your Desktop
When you right-click on the Windows Task Bar you'll see an option for Toolbars. There you can select (or unselect) various toolbars. You can also create your own custom toolbar.
I have a toolbar with my commonly used shortcuts. It's docked on the left side of my desktop and set to hide so that it doesn't take up any space. Then when I mouse all the way to the left my toolbar pops out and presto, there's my shortcuts.
Here's how: Open your My Documents folder and create a new folder. Give it a nice name like "My Shortcuts". In this folder create shortcuts to whatever you want. For instance Word, Excel, etc.
Now, right click on the Taskbar and select Toolbars: New Toolbar... Browse to your folder and select it. You will now have a new toolbar on your Taskbar.
This may be an inconvenient place for it. However you can move it. Click the title of your toolbar and drag it off of the Taskbar and drop it on your desktop. It will show up as a folder. Now click the title bar of the folder and drag it all the way to one side of your desktop, until it "Docks".
Finally we want to make it hide. Right click in your toolbar and check "Always on Top" and "Auto-Hide". Your toolbar will disappear, but don't worry, it's still there. Just mouse all the over to the side of your desktop and your new toolbar will pop out.
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Applies to Windows XP, Vista, 7