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Windows 7: Windows Explorer taskbar shortcut problems

09 Jul 2012   #11
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vortechs View Post
... I looked back though Firefox History and found the original thread I followed, I tried it again but it does not work, also trying to change it to Documents doesn't work either:

Trick to Open Computer or Documents as Default Instead of Libraries Folder with Windows Explorer on Windows 7 My Digital Life
Just stumbled upon this thread. Gave that 'Trick ...' thing a go and works for me. Thnx for that link!


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10 Jul 2012   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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10 Jul 2012   #13
Vortechs

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

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As a test, you could see if using the tutorial below will restore the "Pin to taskbar" and "Pin to Start Menu" items in the context menu. Afterwards, see if the shortcut will work properly and if you are able to pin it again.

Pin to Taskbar and Pin to Start Menu Missing from Context Menu Fix
I have "Pin to taskbar" option available on every other icon on the desktop but not if I create a Computer shortcut or use the downloaded one mentioned earlier.

I followed the thread to replace missing pin to in context menu above, but it made no difference. I also removed all icons pinned to the taskbar and also followed the thread to re-enable "Pin to taskbar", also made no difference.

Interestingly I can edit the Windows Explorer tasbar icon to open to:
%UserProfile%\Downloads

Editing it to Libraries gets the error: "The name specified in the target box is not valid"
%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Documents.library-ms

Editing it to any of the others below just makes it stop working:

%windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
%windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{1F4DE370-D627-11D1-BA4F-00A0C91EEDBA}
%windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
%windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
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10 Jul 2012   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Vortechs,

Have you made any changes to your "Evironment Variables"?

Just as a test, use the full path (ex: "C:\Windows") without variables (ex: "%windir%") to see if you get the same issue. If so, then create a new administrator account, log in to it, and see if this happens in the new account as well to see if it's a system wide issue or just a issue in your account.
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10 Jul 2012   #15
Vortechs

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

i dont know what "Evironment Variables" are so no idea if I have made any changes to them. I can change it in the existing Administrator account so I guess it's an issue with my profile?
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10 Jul 2012   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, if you don't know, then you certainly didn't make a change to it.

If you like, you could create yourself a new user account to use instead of your old one, then just copy any files and shortcuts that you want to keep from the old account to the new one before deleting the old one from within the new one.
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10 Jul 2012   #17
Vortechs

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

OK, I'll give that a go and let you know how I get on.
Thanks
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10 Jul 2012   #18
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thnx Shawn! Your link has opened additional scenarios for me. Cheers!
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10 Jul 2012   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome guys.
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09 Sep 2012   #20
Paescari

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I recently encountered the same issue as described by the OP; I had recently changed the letter of the drive that had my %Documents%, %Pictures%, %Music%, %Videos% folders on it. I found that I could no longer open Explorer with a shortcut that included shell commands. I solved this problem by 'relocating' these folders:

Change Location of My Documents

Hope this helps.
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