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Windows 7: Pinning applications to other applications?

06 Nov 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Pinning applications to other applications?

I like the new taskbar, but I find it getting a little cluttered with all of the applications I use on a regular basis (thus warranting pinning them to the taskbar). Being kind of OCD, this bugs me as when I open programs that aren't pinned to the toolbar for a little bit (games, the various programs of Microsoft Office, etc) because they just make it more cluttered and take up more space.

Now, I'm curious if there's any way to alleviate this a little. I made a little program that takes up only one pinned spot on my taskbar that I use to launch Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc). Would it be possible to pin those individual programs to that pinned launcher in the taskbar, so they don't take up more spaces on the taskbar, but rather group up with the pinned app already there.

Simply... is there any way to make groupings of unrelated pinned objects on the taskbar? Or at least some way to keep all the applications I want pinned on there but still avoid making it a cluttered mess?

Thanks guys.

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06 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Like Quick Launch?
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06 Nov 2009   #3

Windows Vista
 
 

I wouldn't know, I never used quick launch in previous versions of Windows lol.

I like how the taskbar stacks up Firefox and Windows Explorer and stuff when a couple of different windows are open. I just wanna force my games and various other programs to stack up with their respective launchers that I have pinned to the taskbar, or have all of the Microsoft Office suite stack up on 1 icon, instead of creating new spots.
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06 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Here's the tutorial .... I love this feature!
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
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06 Nov 2009   #5

Windows Vista
 
 

Well, I'm not sure if that would help because programs would still continue to open up and take up more spots on the taskbar while my goal is to give everything that could possibly run on my computer (or as much as I can) a designated pin to stack up onto.

I notice the Recycling Bin is "pinned" inside of the Windows Explorer pin on the taskbar. It's there when I right-click on it. That's kind of what I'm looking for.
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06 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

The 'quick launch' tool bar will cascade the programs and folders in one neatly hidden place on your task bar.

I can't get a screen shot of mine, but this will give you an idea of 'cascading'
How to Make Folders Appear as Cascading Menu in the Quick Launch Toolbar - The Winhelponline Blog
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06 Nov 2009   #7

Windows Vista
 
 

I suppose, but wouldn't the rest of the taskbar still appear as a cluttered mess? I mean the taskbar is honestly perfect the way it is for me, I don't want to try and replace the whole thing with the quick launch toolbar or anything. I just wish I could stack things up on my own instead of Windows deciding what open windows and applications belong together.
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06 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

This is my task bar with Quick Launch. I have 10 programs that I open regularly in the tool bar >>


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06 Nov 2009   #9

Windows Vista
 
 

How do you have the taskbar functioning normally like that? With the longer tasks and the names of them displayed and stuff.
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06 Nov 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I'm not sure what you mean by 'functioning normally'
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