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Windows 7: New to W7, questions about taskbar & shortcuts

20 Dec 2010   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
New to W7, questions about taskbar & shortcuts

First let me say, man, i love this OS! i was really hesitant since XP worked what i at least THOUGHT was well. But Windows 7 is so much quicker and seamless. Anyways, 1st question is on XP i would drag a shortcut to the taskbar and it would then be usable and work as the original shortcut did. With 7 it doesn't wok. For example, i have a txt file that i keep on another drive and i put a shortcut to it on my taskbar. In XP i'd click it and the file would pop up as you'd expect. On 7 if i drag that txt file to the taskbar, when i click the resulting shortcut instead of the file i just get a new empty notepad. If i right click it (i THINK it was by R/clicking) then a list of various notepad files i've viewed pops up and i can choose it from there. But i just want it to be a shortcut to the particular txt file. Is there a way? second, i see shortcuts don't have the file's pathway or "address" if you will in them. I miss that for a number of reasons such as being able to tell where the file it's pointing to is, or adding switches in the target line etc etc. Is there a way to make them show the pathway? Thanks, and no doubt you'll be hearing more from me !

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20 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Try this, it should work;

Paste the shortcut to the text file in:

c:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

substituting your username.

There probably is an easier way, but that should work.
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20 Dec 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can try this: Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder

But if you have a lot of folders or shortcuts, it gets kind of crowded. In that case a toolbar may be the better option: Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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20 Dec 2010   #4

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

It didn't work putting the txt file in that folder, and the other idea....well, it's saying a "folder", not a file.
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20 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dazco View Post
It didn't work putting the txt file in that folder, and the other idea....well, it's saying a "folder", not a file.
Into a toolbar you can put anything of which you can make a shortcut (on the desktop).
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20 Dec 2010   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Into a toolbar you can put anything of which you can make a shortcut (on the desktop) - except .gif files.
I haven't tried it, but... why .gifs? Not images in general?
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20 Dec 2010   #7

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't understand why it didn't show when i put it in the folder. maybe a restart?
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20 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I haven't tried it, but... why .gifs? Not images in general?
Correction: .gif does work. I had put it into the wrong toolbar folder. LOL

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I don't understand why it didn't show when i put it in the folder. maybe a restart?
What did not show. What is "it".
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21 Dec 2010   #9

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

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What did not show. What is "it".
What pricetech suggested. I tried that, no go. There IS a email shortcut on the taskbar, but i didn't put it there. However, it is there in the folder he mentioned so i figured any shortcut i put in that folder should show on the taskbar like he said, but it didn't. I even tried restarting and it doesn't show there.

The other tutorial seems to suggest it puts a folder on the bar that contains the file you want, and i don't want that. I want the files directly on it. Otherwise for my purposes it's senseless.

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21 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Let me do some more looking. I tried just now creating a shortcut to notepad specifying a text file on the root of C but it didn't show up either.

I'll double check my notes and see what I can come up with.

Us old guys got to keep notes.
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