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Windows 7: Taskbar Icon For Activating A Choice of Programs


24 Sep 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Taskbar Icons For Activating A Choice of Programs

I seek instructions for creating an icon to place in the taskbar that will allow the launch of an app from a choice of mutliple apps. When I place the cursor over it and rmb the small display that appears will contain my desired programs.

- thank you


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24 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello MourningStar,

You might see if Quick Launch may be able to work for you for this.

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

RMB (Right Mouse Button) brings up a Context Menu so that won't work.

If Quick Launch doesn't do what you want (I use it), then maybe creating a new folder with links to the applications you want to run would work. Means you would have to close the folder once the app launched though.
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24 Sep 2012   #4

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

Thnx Shawn - that is an alternative I will consider. However, I was hoping to have multiple taskbar icons to do this. For example, one icon with a doc-type graphic that would lead to a choice of Word, Notepad, Xcel, etc - maybe an art-graphic icon that would permit the choice of Paint, Photoshop, etc. - perhaps a media-graphic icon that would activate WMP, VLC, winamp, etc. etc. ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
RMB (Right Mouse Button) brings up a Context Menu so that won't work.
On my system, when I rmb a taskbar icon, Paint for example, I get a small display with 2 items - one to execute the program and one to "unpin this program from the taskbar".
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24 Sep 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Right click on taskbar icon = Jump List

Shift + right click on taskbar icon = context menu


You might also give the free program 7stacks a try to see if it may work better for this.
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25 Sep 2012   #6

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You might also give the free program 7stacks a try to see if it may work better for this.
just what the doctor ordered, THNX!

(awesome, how do you find this stuff?!?!?)
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25 Sep 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Perfect. I'm glad that'll work for you.

Just with years of digging around and bumping into things.
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25 Sep 2012   #8

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Just with years of digging around and bumping into things.
YEARS??? You must keep a log or you got one awesome memory - thnx again Shawn!
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25 Sep 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I keep most written here due to spotty memory.

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