The Quick Launch menu is one of the most useful features in Windows, and Vista makes it even easier to add a program to the menu.
For those of you that are total newbies, the quick launch menu is the little icons by the start button:
You can either drag an application to the quick launch bar… or you can right click, and choose Add to Quick Launch:
If the option for "Add to Quick Launch" does not show up, you can hold down the Shift key while right-clicking on it to make the option show up. Note that you could also use Pin to Start Menu…