CoreyP, Right click the Taskbar and unlock the Taskbar, then right click the Taskbar>Toolbars and checkmark Quick Launch. You can then create shortcuts down to the Quick Launch area to the right of the Start button.
I just upgraded from 2k to XP. On 2K i could have all my desktop icons and icons for programs i use down on the task bar above open applications. Im sure theres a way to do this on XP so i dont have to go to my desktop or the start menu every time to open a new program. I hope i made sense. Thanks for the help!