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Windows 7: Unable to associate file with pinned icon

20 Sep 2012   #11
jimtalbert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I haven't given up on this but am reluctant to let it reset all of my IE9 options and then have to try to remember what they wereto get them back.


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21 Sep 2012   #12
jimtalbert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I will have to work up the courage to run the sfc scan. I don't know a simple way to recover my IE9 settings and/or others which may be lost in this process.
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21 Sep 2012   #13
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Try it the other way around.
Make a shortcut to the file you want to open and pin that to the taskbar.
If the filetype is associated with your program, the program should open the file referenced by the shortcut.
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21 Sep 2012   #14
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Well, not exactly what you wanted when I tested.

If you drag the file to the taskbar, it creates a pin to the program with a quick pick to the file. You don't need the shortcut - just pin the file.

Does that help?
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21 Sep 2012   #15
jimtalbert

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Pinning the file has the same result as pinning the shortcut to the program & file. Only the icon (different one than the one on the desktop associated with the file) pins. When I click on it, I get a dialog box containing the name of the file and I have to select that in order to open the program and the file. I can do that but it just frosts me that I can't beat the blasted PC and/or Windows 7 on this one. I've emailed the author of the program for help.
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21 Sep 2012   #16
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Alrighty then - this seems to do what you want.

Create a shortcut to the file you want to pin
Customize the icon to your suiting
change the properties of the shortcut to include the full path of the application
target: "fullpath\someapp.exe" "fullpath\somefile.xxx"
<edit--> make sure that there is a space between the two parameters

This worked for me and it kept the icon - thanks for making me figure this out.

good luck
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21 Sep 2012   #17
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If you reset IE9 it will be like you just installed it. I doubt there are many settings changes you have made that are not easily redone. One thing it will do is get rid of any Add-ons that should not be there, mostly hitch hikers from other software you have installed.
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21 Sep 2012   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Check you Windows Up Dates. Their is a fairly big one for I.E. security. When I installed it I.E. 9 worked better. In my opinion it's worth a shot. I agree that most of I.E. problems come because of add ons.
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21 Sep 2012   #19
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

SFC? Windows Update? Reset IE9?.........Really??

Jim wants to create a shortcut on his taskbar that opens a particular file. Not open the file from a pinned program's jumplist. Jim also wants to be able to customize the icon for that pinned item.

At least that's how I understand the 1st post.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimtalbert View Post
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I have a desktop shortcut icon for a program that opens a specified file along with opening the program.

When I drag that icon to pin it to the taskbar, the icon changes and the file is no longer associated with it.

I must right-click the icon and then choose the file from the dropdown list.

I would like for the pinned icon to be just like the desktop shortcut icon and to work just like it does.


I tried it a few different ways the one that worked for me is:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
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Create a shortcut to the file you want to pin
Customize the icon to your suiting
change the properties of the shortcut to include the full path of the application
target: "fullpath\someapp.exe" "fullpath\somefile.xxx"
.....
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21 Sep 2012   #20
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

BTW Jim,

SFC is a good tool when you need it. Don't be afraid of well tested tools.

Keeping your system up-to-date with Windows Update(WU) is highly recommended. Note that I do not, by design, get hardware update through WU.

Resetting IE is good advice when the thing isn't working and you've tried just about everything else. But this isn't your issue.

Bill
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