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Windows 7: Pinning documents to taskbar instead of programs

21 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bythecshore View Post
I'd like to circle back to the first post by jsuares... I'm working on a project that requires me to constantly switch back and forth between three Word docs. In Windows XP, each individual doc file was visible on my taskbar, but I can't figure our how to do that in W7. I know about jump lists, but they take an extra click to get to the docs. A quibble maybe, but when your switching 50 times an hour, those extra clicks add up.

So how can I pin a doc to the taskbar?
See my previous post....its reasonably easy to do....just unlock the taskbar, activate the links toolbar, create desktop shortcuts and drag the shortcuts to the "Links" toolbar, relock the taskbar and ....walla....links to all the docs you want direct access to on your taskbar. Good luck with this issue.

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21 Feb 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

If you have them on the desktop you can add the desktop toolbar and stretch it out to show all the documents, but it makes for some hard readin!
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21 Feb 2010   #13

Windows 7

OK, I tried what you suggested. Now I have a the Links toolbar showing and I can click on it and see the docs. But that's the same number of clicks as a jump list. What I"m trting to do is have the actual documents, themselves, show on the taskbar, ala Windows XP.
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21 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ulti. x64

You need to unlock your taskbar and then spread your icons from the list out on the taskbar by left click and hold then drag to right or left.
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21 Feb 2010   #15

Windows 7

When I do that, it just pins it to the program, but it doesn't stay on the taskbar. I've unlocked the taskbar as recommended... but it still doesn't work.
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09 Feb 2011   #16

Windows 7
Here's a solution

- Go to document of interest, right-click on it, go to Properties, copy and paste its location, that is, its path;
- Drag the application icon (from, say, the Start Menu) to the Desktop to make a shortcut;
- Right-click on application shortcut, go to Properties, and paste, between quotes, the path to the file (see example below);
- Add, the the file path, the name of the file (because the location in its Properties window contains only the path, not the name, of the file).


When you open the shortcut properties, you may seem something like:

"C:/Program Files/Application.exe"

Make that
"C:/Program Files/Application.exe" "C:/Users/John/My Documents/"

PS: This assumes that the application takes a document full path and name as a first argument, and opens it. This is the case for most applications, but not necessarily all. In the case this is not true, you would have to find out how to open a file with that application from the command prompt (because using a shortcut is like running a command from the command prompt).
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12 Sep 2014   #17

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hey John,

If you like, one option would be to use Quick Launch with large icons to be the same size as the others.
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