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Windows 7: Possible to Link Two items in Taskbar?

16 Jun 2016   #1
NewYears1978

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Possible to Link Two items in Taskbar?

This might seem like a weird request, and probably not possible.

I have two programs I run at work that are ALWAYS used together, but not used that often. When I need them I have to click both in the taskbar (yes I know not that difficult)

Is there some way to link two items in taskbar so that when you click either it brings up both windows?


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17 Jun 2016   #2
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Yes it's possible, but you'll have to create a batch file [.bat] to do it.

See if this video helps, it shows how to create the .bat from either a shortcut or directly from a program file:


The creator of this video "Chris" says you can save this shortcut anywhere, but you won't be able to drag it directly to the taskbar the .bat file needs a bit more schmoozing, and there are different ways to do that.

See: How to place a .bat file on the taskbar | google search
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17 Jun 2016   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Anak has given you a good solution. That will probably meet your needs. If you ever need a bit more or you want to look into automating some tasks at work, see the info below.

I too open more than one app with one click...
...but I need the windows in a specific location.

I use AutoIt* to...
...start app #1
...wait for the window for app #1 to appear
...position the window for app #1
...repeat the steps above for app #2

I use this app https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../cc817881.aspx to create 4 desktops. On desktop #2, I use an AutoIt script like the one mentioned above to open & position more than a dozen app windows (so that they are all in view at the same time). Those apps run all of the time on my work desktop. Desktops 3 and 4 are for my domain admin tools.

*The link is to a post with some info about AutoIt. Let me know if you want help writing/using a script to open (and maybe position) your two work apps.
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20 Jun 2016   #4
Anak

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Thank you for those kind words UNI, I just wanted to let the OP know of another way: Batch Files - Create a Menu to Execute Commands

Oh, and UNI if you're interested see: Is there a way to make one shortcut to open multiple apps in windows ?

That makes two threads from the same time frame, now all we need is one more........
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24 Jun 2016   #5
NewYears1978

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys, I will check the link/video out.

Sorry for the slow reply been busy at work
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24 Jun 2016   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Thank you for those kind words UNI, I just wanted to let the OP know of another way: Batch Files - Create a Menu to Execute Commands

Oh, and UNI if you're interested see: Is there a way to make one shortcut to open multiple apps in windows ?

That makes two threads from the same time frame, now all we need is one more........
For that other thread, it sounds like the OP was fine with starting a batch file that had a menu. After using a batch file like that for a while, I'm guessing that the OP would eventually think something like, "I want to run #9". The OP would then click on the batch file, hit 9 and then enter (all without reading the batch file's menu - which is fine). If the batch file's menu can be memorized, then so could keyboard shortcuts.

I would use keyboard shortcuts and avoid the batch file menu...
...but maybe there is a reason why those should not be used for that OP.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NewYears1978 View Post
Thanks guys, I will check the link/video out.

Sorry for the slow reply been busy at work
It is good to be employed these days :-)

You might want to consider using a keyboard shortcut to start your batch file or AutoIt script.

You might find AutoIt useful in many other areas of your work...
...or maybe not :-)
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