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Windows 7: Can't Pin Similar Shortcuts to Taskbar

23 Oct 2009   #1

vista home premium 32
 
 
Can't Pin Similar Shortcuts to Taskbar

Just installed my Win 7 upgrade disk. Something has changed from the last Win 7 RC. I've got two shortcuts to Thunderbird. Each includes a profile parameter so that one opens my wife's mail, the other mine.

Previously, I could pin both to the taskbar. Now I can only pin one. Adding a second does nothing. I even tried to "trick" the system by pinning a shortcut to another program and then changing the properties to those of a Thunderbird shortcut, but once the executable file (thunderbird.exe) was applied in the properties it would vanish. I also tried adding the shortcut directly to the hidden folder where they are stored but it still won't show on the task bar.

Two fixes that I'm not happy with: 1) make a copy of the thunderbird.exe and rename it thunderburd.exe. Have one profile point to this copy. Works, but I have to remember to manually update the copy. 2) create a task in task scheduler and run the task link. Works, but it takes half a second longer to run and a DOS box pops up for a second as the program starts.

Adding the quick launch toolbar seems redundant and I don't want another spacer bar sub-dividing my task bar.

So - how do I convince Windows 7 that I should be able to pin multiple copies of the same file executable to my taskbar?

Thanks,
Ric

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23 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ric,

I'm sorry, but by default you cannot pin multiple EXE files for the same exe file location on the taskbar like that in Windows 7.

You may be able to right click on the pinned icon, and pin any of the multiple opened windows for that program in the Jump List of the pinned program instead though. See step 5 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below for more on this.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ram-links.html


Other options are to have the multiples in Quick Launch, a pinned folder, or like pinning the Recycle Bin to the taskbar but use your program exe or shortcut instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Oct 2009   #3

 

Actually, if the shortcuts have different command lines you should be able to pin both to the taskbar.
Could you reply with what the exact command lines are for each shortcut you are trying to pin?
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24 Oct 2009   #4

vista home premium 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrJukes View Post
Actually, if the shortcuts have different command lines you should be able to pin both to the taskbar.
Could you reply with what the exact command lines are for each shortcut you are trying to pin?
Sure :
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -p Ric
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe" -p Wife
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24 Oct 2009   #5

vista home premium 32
 
 

It just started working the way I wanted it to. Dragged a link from my Documents folder into the taskbar and it stuck, but found out it pointed to "Program Files" instead of "Program Files (x86)". This time when I fixed it, it didn't vanish. No idea why that worked...
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