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Windows 7: Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization

02 Oct 2010   #1
jiggs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization

Hi all,

I'm relatively new to these "new" (I guess not so new anymore!) Windows platforms, I've used Windows XP for close to 10 years now and just recently made the swap to Windows 7 Premium. Needless to say, despite the fact that most of the features and tools are similar, they function very differently from older Windows versions and I haven't quite figured out how to customize some of the new features.

Anyways, my question is relatively simple (I apologize if it belongs in a different forum, please move if necessary). I've attempted to "pin" my iTunes icon to the taskbar, and although it is there, I want Windows to associate that icon with the application when it is actually open. Currently, Windows decides to add an additional icon to my taskbar when I open iTunes, and I would much prefer Windows to simply use the icon I have pinned instead of making another icon. When I pinned Google Chrome to the taskbar, it automatically adjusted this setting, but after quickly searching both Windows Help and google, I can't seem to find a method to do this with iTunes.

I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I've gone through all taskbar and control panel options and can't seem to figure out how to do this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!


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03 Oct 2010   #2
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums, jiggs!

I had not investigated this until I saw your query so I did a little experimenting.

First I dragged the iTunes shortcut to the taskbar and pinned it:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00009.jpg

Then I opened iTunes through the pinned icon resulting in the scenario you have presented:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00010.jpg

Next, I closed iTunes and unpinned the shortcut:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00011.jpg

I then sought out the iTunes.exe program in the "Program Files (x86)" folder (this is for Win x64, Win x86 will find the iTunes.exe in the "Program Files" folder):
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00012.jpg

Once having located the iTunes.exe, I dragged it to the taskbar and pinned it:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00013.jpg

After opening the pinned iTunes.exe program I still had not found the solution you were seeking:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00014.jpg

So I decided to unpin the iTunes.exe program I had just pinned to the taskbar without closing iTunes (this could have been done earlier with the pinned shortcut as well but, like I said, I was experimenting):
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00015.jpg

I then pinned the open iTunes still in the taskbar to the taskbar:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00016.jpg

After closing iTunes, I then have this (of course):
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00017.jpg


Then, reopening iTunes from the now pinned icon I get...viola!:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00018.jpg

Note: I have my settings in the taskbar set to "Combine when taskbar is full" but the results will be the same if you have it set to any of the other options:
Help With Pinned iTunes Taskbar Icon Customization-screenshot00019.jpg

To make a long story short, launch iTunes with your initially pinned icon, pin the resulting icon to the taskbar and unpin the initial icon. Or, just open iTunes and pin it to the taskbar while you have it open.

That should solve that, no?


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03 Oct 2010   #3
jiggs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for such a detailed answer, your solution worked perfectly and was very simple to understand! I don't think I would've ever figured that out myself.
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03 Oct 2010   #4
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You are quite welcome. I'm glad it worked for you. I actually had a bit of fun getting it figured out!
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03 Oct 2010   #5
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Could of saved yourself all that trouble with just searching "itunes icon".

Itunes update, now theres two taskbar icons.
iTunes Taskbar Icon
iTunes Icon Change
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04 Oct 2010   #6
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Could of saved yourself all that trouble with just searching "itunes icon".

Itunes update, now theres two taskbar icons.
iTunes Taskbar Icon
iTunes Icon Change
It wasn't any trouble at all, Aaron.
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