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Windows 7: Unable to pin stuff to taskbar/start menu


21 Dec 2009   #1
eax

Windows 7 - Linux Ubuntu - Arch Linux
 
 
Unable to pin stuff to taskbar/start menu

Hi there

I installed Windows 7 on my Laptop today.
I have noticed that I am unable to pin anything to the start menu or the taskbar. Also the start menu is "nearly" blank. I have a attached a screenshot so show what I mean.

Can someone please help?

Thanks in advance and merry christmas

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21 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi Eax,

If the 'pin to taskbar' menu choice is missing.
Try holding down shift when you right click on the icon that you wish to add to the start-bar. Is the option there now?

PS: I had to laugh when I saw what you called your attached picture.
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21 Dec 2009   #3
eax

Windows 7 - Linux Ubuntu - Arch Linux
 
 

Hi TimStitt

Thanks for the fast answer
Sorry, don't think I explained it well enough.
The menu choice is there and everything, but clicking it doesn't work :s I cannot drag an item to the taskbar :S

Thanks

PS: Hihi, I'm glad to hear that ^_^ I am a little tired of having a nearly blank start menu
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21 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Ah ok... What are you trying to pin? not everything will pin (I guess you tried more than one thing ).

This is a tricky one, have a look at the group policy msc (gpedit.msc) and make sure it is not disabled.
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21 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Brink (administrator and Tutorial Wizard) has created a reg patch to reset the Pin to Start Menu Area. I haven't had a good look at it; but if it's like the rest of his work, it will be educational if not 'a fix'.
Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area
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21 Dec 2009   #6
eax

Windows 7 - Linux Ubuntu - Arch Linux
 
 

TimStitt:
Okay, I'm trying the Reg patch
It wasn't disapled no :S
I have tried several different things. Mostly I'd like Chrome to work (I know this works because I've done it on my other machine which also has Windows 7)
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21 Dec 2009   #7
eax

Windows 7 - Linux Ubuntu - Arch Linux
 
 

And neither of the two solutions that Brink has posted worked either. This is what I have in
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage":
(It seems _REALLY_ empty??)
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21 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Attached is mine for comparison. Not much difference really.

Note: I will different apps installed; but you may be able to edit it to suit your needs.

Chrome should work (mine does), the only things that you can't pin to the start/taskbar are programs that start with Documentation;Help;Install;More Info;Readme;Read me;Read First;Setup;Support;What's New;Remove.
as seen here
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileAssociation\AddRemoveNames

I'll have a think about what else you could try. hmm.
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21 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Some other thoughts:
- Have you removed the shortcut arrow? According to My Digital Life this can be a cause. Attached is my shortcut info from the registry.
- The programs that you are trying to add, they are not on a mapped or removable drive are they?
- Does it work if you drag the *.exe or shortcut onto the taskbar?
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22 Dec 2009   #10
eax

Windows 7 - Linux Ubuntu - Arch Linux
 
 

Hey

Your registry wouldn't add to mine with the error "Error accessing the registry" :S

Also, adding the .exe doesn't work either
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