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Windows 7: Unable to associate file with pinned icon

10 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Unable to associate file with pinned icon

This is my first post so please forgive me if I've put it in the wrong place. 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.

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10 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Instead of drag, what happens if you right click on the Icon and select Pin to Taskbar?

Also, right click on the icon on the Desktop and select Properties. See what is in the Target field. Repeat for the one on the Taskbar. They should be the same.
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12 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Ztrucker. Here are the results of your suggested actions:

"Instead of drag, what happens if you right click on the Icon and select Pin to Taskbar?"

I right-clicked on the icon but there was no 'Pin to Taskbar' option to select.

"Also, right click on the icon on the Desktop and select Properties. See what is in the Target field. Repeat for the one on the Taskbar. They should be the same."

I right-clicked on the icon but the icon on the task bar does not have a Properties selection.

(Maybe I should have specified I'm using Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium.)
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13 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I don't have any other ideas as I use Quick launch instead of the default taskbar setup with my Win 7 Pro X64 system.
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14 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for trying! It obviously isn't a critical problem but I hate not to be able to make the machine do what I want!
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14 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

try finding it in your all programs list in the start menu and see if right clicking it gives you the pin to taskbar option , if so it may open the other file also.
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14 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I would start fresh. Remove icon on desktop and taskbar. Start/All programs/pick your program and right click. Send to desktop and pin to taskbar.
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14 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, Bear. I tried that but still no luck. Very strange situation...
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14 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Lets see if Windows system files need a little help.
Start Orb and type sfc /scannow. This is Windows 7 way of checking it's own files and repairing them. Can't harm but might help. Here is a Tutorial.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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14 Sep 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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