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Win7's equivalent of desktop toolbars

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by _G, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    win7. Here's what I'm looking for:

    In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    to always stay on top of other windows.

    If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    for Win7?
     
  2. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    _G wrote:
    > Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    > win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >
    > In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    > you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    > launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    > from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    > program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    > to always stay on top of other windows.
    >
    > If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    > for Win7?
    >

    You can use Quick Launch is Windows 7 and drag it to your desktop.
     
  3. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    > Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    > win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >
    > In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    > you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    > launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    > from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    > program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    > to always stay on top of other windows.
    >
    > If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    > for Win7?
    >


    Right Click the task bar > Toolbars > new toolbar
     
  4. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:56:12 -0800, Frank <fb@amk.cmo> wrote:

    >_G wrote:
    >> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>
    >> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>
    >> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >> for Win7?
    >>

    >You can use Quick Launch is Windows 7 and drag it to your desktop.


    I think QuickLaunch is gone from Windows 7 as well, isn't it? Maybe
    there's a registry tweak or something. In any event, even if you get
    a toolbar displayed in the taskbar, you can't drag it to the desktop
    any more, as you could with XP and Vista.
     
  5. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:12:07 -0000, "Trev" <trev_uk@hotmail.com
    invalid> wrote:

    >
    >"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    >> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>
    >> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>
    >> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >> for Win7?
    >>

    >
    >Right Click the task bar > Toolbars > new toolbar


    See above. You can create the toolbar OK. Just can't drag it to the
    desktop. I'm surprised that they left "Create Toolbar" in there,
    considering. It seems to have limited utility now.
     
  6. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    news:cav6l59ejpckbi3bili0slnu98f2hf07qh@4ax.com...
    > On Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:12:07 -0000, "Trev" <trev_uk@hotmail.com
    > invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    >>> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >>> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>>
    >>> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >>> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >>> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >>> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >>> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >>> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>>
    >>> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >>> for Win7?
    >>>

    >>
    >>Right Click the task bar > Toolbars > new toolbar

    >
    > See above. You can create the toolbar OK. Just can't drag it to the
    > desktop. I'm surprised that they left "Create Toolbar" in there,
    > considering. It seems to have limited utility now.


    No your right it sits on the task bar like a toolbar. Otherwise it would be
    a folder on the desktop.
     
  7. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    news:t6v6l5pt1jv9b004c99bqm60oer2pog6ld@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:56:12 -0800, Frank <fb@amk.cmo> wrote:
    >
    >>_G wrote:
    >>> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >>> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>>
    >>> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >>> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >>> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >>> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >>> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >>> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>>
    >>> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >>> for Win7?
    >>>

    >>You can use Quick Launch is Windows 7 and drag it to your desktop.

    >
    > I think QuickLaunch is gone from Windows 7 as well, isn't it? Maybe
    > there's a registry tweak or something. In any event, even if you get
    > a toolbar displayed in the taskbar, you can't drag it to the desktop
    > any more, as you could with XP and Vista.


    Quick Launch is alive and well--you just have to hunt for it. It can be
    found in C:/Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet
    Explorer\Quick Launch.
     
  8. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:23:43 -0000, "Trev" <trev_uk@hotmail.com
    invalid> wrote:

    >
    >"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >news:cav6l59ejpckbi3bili0slnu98f2hf07qh@4ax.com...
    >> On Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:12:07 -0000, "Trev" <trev_uk@hotmail.com
    >> invalid> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>>"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>>news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    >>>> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >>>> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>>>
    >>>> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >>>> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >>>> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >>>> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >>>> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >>>> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>>>
    >>>> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >>>> for Win7?
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>Right Click the task bar > Toolbars > new toolbar

    >>
    >> See above. You can create the toolbar OK. Just can't drag it to the
    >> desktop. I'm surprised that they left "Create Toolbar" in there,
    >> considering. It seems to have limited utility now.

    >
    > No your right it sits on the task bar like a toolbar. Otherwise it would be
    >a folder on the desktop.


    In XP and Vista you could map a desktop folder to a toolbar, then drag
    that toolbar to the desktop. The advantage over just a folder is that
    it can be docked, and it will display a nice vertical list of tiny
    icon + shortcut name that can be arranged in any order. The apps and
    shortcuts within the toolbar will launch with a single click.

    It's very convenient for those who need to have a lot of apps
    available for 1-click launch. If you have XP or Vista, give it a try.
    Unfortunately, they removed the drag-to-desktop ability from Win7. Not
    sure why, as it's not one of those huge clumsy features that they
    needed to remove in order to slim down the OS.
     
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    news:v2ccl5t0vo9fqkvpjs9amqvqjbmj9lb51g@4ax.com...
    >
    > In XP and Vista you could map a desktop folder to a toolbar, then drag
    > that toolbar to the desktop.


    You can still do the same in Windows 7.
    Create your folder wherever you want, then right-click the taskbar, choose
    "Toolbars-New Toolbar" and navigate to your folder.
     
  10. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    _G wrote:
    > On Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:23:43 -0000, "Trev"<trev_uk@hotmail.com
    > invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "_G"<_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >> news:cav6l59ejpckbi3bili0slnu98f2hf07qh@4ax.com...
    >>> On Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:12:07 -0000, "Trev"<trev_uk@hotmail.com
    >>> invalid> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "_G"<_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    >>>>> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >>>>> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area. Then
    >>>>> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible one-click
    >>>>> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >>>>> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >>>>> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >>>>> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >>>>> for Win7?
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Right Click the task bar> Toolbars> new toolbar
    >>>
    >>> See above. You can create the toolbar OK. Just can't drag it to the
    >>> desktop. I'm surprised that they left "Create Toolbar" in there,
    >>> considering. It seems to have limited utility now.

    >>
    >> No your right it sits on the task bar like a toolbar. Otherwise it would be
    >> a folder on the desktop.

    >
    > In XP and Vista you could map a desktop folder to a toolbar, then drag
    > that toolbar to the desktop. The advantage over just a folder is that
    > it can be docked, and it will display a nice vertical list of tiny
    > icon + shortcut name that can be arranged in any order. The apps and
    > shortcuts within the toolbar will launch with a single click.
    >
    > It's very convenient for those who need to have a lot of apps
    > available for 1-click launch. If you have XP or Vista, give it a try.
    > Unfortunately, they removed the drag-to-desktop ability from Win7. Not
    > sure why, as it's not one of those huge clumsy features that they
    > needed to remove in order to slim down the OS.
    >


    I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to
    reduce the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise,
    it lets me clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up
    programs with one click. It replaced for me a great little program
    that ran in XP called LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in
    Windows 7 x64.

    -Al-
     
  11. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message news:IGt5n.60254$Db2.29079@edtnps83...

    > I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    > pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to
    > reduce the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise,
    > it lets me clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up
    > programs with one click. It replaced for me a great little program
    > that ran in XP called LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in
    > Windows 7 x64.
    >
    > -Al-


    I downloaded Launchmate 4 to try it on my Win7 64 and it looks like
    it works ok. There is no help file so I don't know what it's supposed
    to do but I get a narrow taskbar at the top of the screen onto which
    I can drag shortcuts, files and folders and edit the various properties
    like buttons, actions, icons and paths etc.
    To get it to run at start-up I put a shortcut in the Startup folder.
    It loads and works ok with UAC on or off.
    What problems are you having with it?

    http://launchmate.sourceforge.net/lm4preview.zip
    ..
     
  12. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Dave-UK wrote:
    >
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:IGt5n.60254$Db2.29079@edtnps83...
    >
    >> I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    >> pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to
    >> reduce the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise, it
    >> lets me clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up programs
    >> with one click. It replaced for me a great little program that ran in
    >> XP called LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in Windows 7 x64.
    >>
    >> -Al-

    >
    > I downloaded Launchmate 4 to try it on my Win7 64 and it looks like
    > it works ok. There is no help file so I don't know what it's supposed
    > to do but I get a narrow taskbar at the top of the screen onto which
    > I can drag shortcuts, files and folders and edit the various properties
    > like buttons, actions, icons and paths etc. To get it to run at start-up
    > I put a shortcut in the Startup folder.
    > It loads and works ok with UAC on or off.
    > What problems are you having with it?
    >
    > http://launchmate.sourceforge.net/lm4preview.zip
    > .
    >
    >
    >


    It wouldn't run for me, or maybe it wouldn't load, I forget which.
    I couldn't get it to work, anyway.

    Yes, a shortcut goes into the start-up folder to initiate it at
    boot-up. It is great when properly configured -- you have to make
    the active area 70% in the middle of the screen, omitting both
    corners 15%, and make two bars that are accessed by two master
    icons at the left end of the program. This gives you lots of real
    estate to work with on the bars. It's very efficient -- It can
    hold dozens of icons on each bar, which display separately
    depending on which master icon you click, and it slides up out of
    sight when the cursor is not pressed against the upper edge of the
    screen.

    I've used it for many years, and it allowed me to clean all
    shortcuts off my desktop. The only fault I noticed when using it
    under XP was that at odd times it would close itself for no
    obvious reason -- but this happened infrequently, and it is an
    easy matter to re-open it from the start menu.

    Star Dock (or Dell Dock on Dell computers) has much the same
    functionality, but it is more intrusive.

    -Al-
     
  13. Jeff@couldbeinvalid.com

    Jeff@couldbeinvalid.com Flightless Bird

    On 1/19/2010 9:15 PM, Al Smith wrote:
    > _G wrote:
    >> On Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:23:43 -0000, "Trev"<trev_uk@hotmail.com
    >> invalid> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "_G"<_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:cav6l59ejpckbi3bili0slnu98f2hf07qh@4ax.com...
    >>>> On Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:12:07 -0000, "Trev"<trev_uk@hotmail.com
    >>>> invalid> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "_G"<_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:88cqk5h2a1vav8frd3n5j06hj7ahe1qm5b@4ax.com...
    >>>>>> Not speaking of what's referred to as a "desktop toolbar" in current
    >>>>>> win7. Here's what I'm looking for:
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> In XP, you could create a Toolbar by r-clicking the taskbar area.
    >>>>>> Then
    >>>>>> you could drag it to the desktop and use it for very visible
    >>>>>> one-click
    >>>>>> launch of a list of programs. Very different from just using icons
    >>>>>> from the desktop. The "desktop toolbar" showed a compact list of
    >>>>>> program names with a tiny icon to the left. And could be configured
    >>>>>> to always stay on top of other windows.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> If anyone is still with me here, do you know of an equivalent trick
    >>>>>> for Win7?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Right Click the task bar> Toolbars> new toolbar
    >>>>
    >>>> See above. You can create the toolbar OK. Just can't drag it to the
    >>>> desktop. I'm surprised that they left "Create Toolbar" in there,
    >>>> considering. It seems to have limited utility now.
    >>>
    >>> No your right it sits on the task bar like a toolbar. Otherwise it
    >>> would be
    >>> a folder on the desktop.

    >>
    >> In XP and Vista you could map a desktop folder to a toolbar, then drag
    >> that toolbar to the desktop. The advantage over just a folder is that
    >> it can be docked, and it will display a nice vertical list of tiny
    >> icon + shortcut name that can be arranged in any order. The apps and
    >> shortcuts within the toolbar will launch with a single click.
    >>
    >> It's very convenient for those who need to have a lot of apps
    >> available for 1-click launch. If you have XP or Vista, give it a try.
    >> Unfortunately, they removed the drag-to-desktop ability from Win7. Not
    >> sure why, as it's not one of those huge clumsy features that they
    >> needed to remove in order to slim down the OS.
    >>

    >
    > I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    > pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to reduce
    > the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise, it lets me
    > clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up programs with one
    > click. It replaced for me a great little program that ran in XP called
    > LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in Windows 7 x64.
    >
    > -Al-

    I too used such a program in XP and it still works for me in W7. It is
    called Blanch ver 1.9e. Extremely useful, with multiple "pages".

    Jeff
     
  14. Jeff@couldbeinvalid.com

    Jeff@couldbeinvalid.com Flightless Bird

    On 1/20/2010 9:15 AM, Al Smith wrote:
    > Dave-UK wrote:
    >>
    >> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >> news:IGt5n.60254$Db2.29079@edtnps83...
    >>
    >>> I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    >>> pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to
    >>> reduce the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise, it
    >>> lets me clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up programs
    >>> with one click. It replaced for me a great little program that ran in
    >>> XP called LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in Windows 7 x64.
    >>>
    >>> -Al-

    >>
    >> I downloaded Launchmate 4 to try it on my Win7 64 and it looks like
    >> it works ok. There is no help file so I don't know what it's supposed
    >> to do but I get a narrow taskbar at the top of the screen onto which
    >> I can drag shortcuts, files and folders and edit the various properties
    >> like buttons, actions, icons and paths etc. To get it to run at start-up
    >> I put a shortcut in the Startup folder.
    >> It loads and works ok with UAC on or off.
    >> What problems are you having with it?
    >>
    >> http://launchmate.sourceforge.net/lm4preview.zip
    >> .
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > It wouldn't run for me, or maybe it wouldn't load, I forget which. I
    > couldn't get it to work, anyway.
    >
    > Yes, a shortcut goes into the start-up folder to initiate it at boot-up.
    > It is great when properly configured -- you have to make the active area
    > 70% in the middle of the screen, omitting both corners 15%, and make two
    > bars that are accessed by two master icons at the left end of the
    > program. This gives you lots of real estate to work with on the bars.
    > It's very efficient -- It can hold dozens of icons on each bar, which
    > display separately depending on which master icon you click, and it
    > slides up out of sight when the cursor is not pressed against the upper
    > edge of the screen.
    >
    > I've used it for many years, and it allowed me to clean all shortcuts
    > off my desktop. The only fault I noticed when using it under XP was that
    > at odd times it would close itself for no obvious reason -- but this
    > happened infrequently, and it is an easy matter to re-open it from the
    > start menu.
    >
    > Star Dock (or Dell Dock on Dell computers) has much the same
    > functionality, but it is more intrusive.
    >
    > -Al-

    With the Blanch 1.9 program I mentioned it too seemed at first to not
    run when I tried to install it, but the exec file (Blanch.exe) worked
    perfectly without installation. Don't know if that will work for yours
    but if not try Blanch.
    Jeff
     
  15. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Jeff@couldbeinvalid.com wrote:
    > On 1/20/2010 9:15 AM, Al Smith wrote:
    >> Dave-UK wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:IGt5n.60254$Db2.29079@edtnps83...
    >>>
    >>>> I'm using the Dell Dock, which is actually the Star Dock. It works
    >>>> pretty well. Only thing wrong with it is that there is no way to
    >>>> reduce the size of the icons, which are much too large. Otherwise, it
    >>>> lets me clear all the shortcuts off my desktop and call up programs
    >>>> with one click. It replaced for me a great little program that ran in
    >>>> XP called LaunchMate, which unfortunately won't run in Windows 7 x64.
    >>>>
    >>>> -Al-
    >>>
    >>> I downloaded Launchmate 4 to try it on my Win7 64 and it looks like
    >>> it works ok. There is no help file so I don't know what it's supposed
    >>> to do but I get a narrow taskbar at the top of the screen onto which
    >>> I can drag shortcuts, files and folders and edit the various properties
    >>> like buttons, actions, icons and paths etc. To get it to run at start-up
    >>> I put a shortcut in the Startup folder.
    >>> It loads and works ok with UAC on or off.
    >>> What problems are you having with it?
    >>>
    >>> http://launchmate.sourceforge.net/lm4preview.zip
    >>> .
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> It wouldn't run for me, or maybe it wouldn't load, I forget which. I
    >> couldn't get it to work, anyway.
    >>
    >> Yes, a shortcut goes into the start-up folder to initiate it at boot-up.
    >> It is great when properly configured -- you have to make the active area
    >> 70% in the middle of the screen, omitting both corners 15%, and make two
    >> bars that are accessed by two master icons at the left end of the
    >> program. This gives you lots of real estate to work with on the bars.
    >> It's very efficient -- It can hold dozens of icons on each bar, which
    >> display separately depending on which master icon you click, and it
    >> slides up out of sight when the cursor is not pressed against the upper
    >> edge of the screen.
    >>
    >> I've used it for many years, and it allowed me to clean all shortcuts
    >> off my desktop. The only fault I noticed when using it under XP was that
    >> at odd times it would close itself for no obvious reason -- but this
    >> happened infrequently, and it is an easy matter to re-open it from the
    >> start menu.
    >>
    >> Star Dock (or Dell Dock on Dell computers) has much the same
    >> functionality, but it is more intrusive.
    >>
    >> -Al-

    > With the Blanch 1.9 program I mentioned it too seemed at first to not
    > run when I tried to install it, but the exec file (Blanch.exe) worked
    > perfectly without installation. Don't know if that will work for yours
    > but if not try Blanch.
    > Jeff



    I'll take a look at it, Jeff. Thanks.

    -Al-
     

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