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Windows 7: Pin to taskbar

25 Aug 2009   #1
Bocky25

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 
Pin to taskbar

Has anyone worked out how to programatically pin a program to the taskbar?

If you place a shortcut in the directory below, it does not appear on the taskbar (like it logically should but im not one to bash 7 )
Quote:
C:\Users\*USER NAME*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
I have a feeling its got something to do with something in the registry...
Quote:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband
Anyone happen to know how to manually pin a program to the taskbar (without Right-Click, Pin to Taskbar) or anyone trying to do the same thing as me?


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25 Aug 2009   #2
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

They are not using the quicklaunch toolbar any longer but if you want it back all you need to do is right click on taskbar and add new toolbar and direct it to the quicklaunch folder and you now have your quicklaunch toolbar back, alternatively you can directly pin programs to the taskbar by right clicking a shortcut and selecting pin to taskbar or simply drag it on to the taskbar until you see the pin to taskbar arrow pop up.

So there is method to their madness in leaving it off by default but it would be better if it could be enabled again a bit easier if it is desired.

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25 Aug 2009   #3
Bocky25

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Thanks a lot for your reply,

I understand that the 7 taskbar has replaced the quicklaunch feature however what I am trying to do is programatically pin programs to the taskbar (instead of right-clicking > pin to taskbar).

You will find the programs pinned to your taskbar are in..
Quote:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
Technically u should be able to create a shortcut in this directory and it will appear on your taskbar but this is not the case even after a restart.

I was wondering what else you have to do in order for it to appear in the taskbar without having to right-click > Pin to taskbar.
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25 Aug 2009   #4
Clank

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Open the program, click + hold the icon and drag it towards the start button.

Works for me.
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25 Aug 2009   #5
Bocky25

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

i must be explaining this really badly, i know how to use windows GUI. click drag, right-click pin, yes i understand, that but programatically you cannot write an event as such. you cannot program a click and drag so alternatively there must be registry entries that determine what programs are pinned to the taskbar etc etc
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25 Aug 2009   #6
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Please, trying to understand why you would want to go into the register to add a program/application when all you have to do is right click and indicate whether you want to pin it to the taskbar or the start menu Sorry, to ask this question, albeit at times I can be a slow.
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25 Aug 2009   #7
Bocky25

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

sorry for not explaining my situation.

I would like to do it this way because I'd like to create a script that pins different programs to the taskbar depending on the users that log in (in a domain environment).
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26 Aug 2009   #8
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Thanks for the come back. Now I understand, but can't help; never had to do that.
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26 Aug 2009   #9
Bocky25

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

anyone else got any ideas?
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26 Aug 2009   #10
johngalt

 

Some good reading: The Deployment Guys : Pin Items to the Start Menu or Windows 7 Taskbar via Script

I found this by performing the following search: pin programs to taskbar script - Google Search

one of the links there, to MSFN, led back to the main forum page at MSFN - so I searched at MSFN for Pin to taskbar and saw a link to a utility that was posted from another website - Eoxsys Corporation

I just tried it, and if you extract it to a folder on your HD, and provide the *exact* path to the app you want to pin, it pins it for you. I just tried it in Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM, using an app I install on all my systems, RegEditX - Tweaks for the Windows Registry Editor (REGEDIT) and now I have RegEditX pinned to my taskbar.

HTH
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