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Windows 7: Unable to associate file with pinned icon

25 Sep 2012   #31
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Wait-a-minit.... You said (and I read too fast) that the existing shortcut already has the fully qualified file name in the target filed - right? i would expect that it does.

But does the target shortcut also have the fully qualified application in the target field?

Target = File.txt
Target = Notepad.exe File.txt
Sometime I read to fast also; that's what confuses my slow brain.

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25 Sep 2012   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Sorry but I don't understand your question. I'm a bit confused on where all of the responses have disappeared to, including my last one. I think all I can offer in response is to recommend re-reading (slowly) the instructions I just posted from the program author. They were clear even to me with my limited knowledge of these things.
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25 Sep 2012   #33

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

@jimtalbert: Yep that works too and is easier than what I posted. You are correct - knowing the filename and application makes it easier.

I wonder though how this works when you have other files of the same type opened - are they added ot the jumplist? I'll try it.

If you're satisfied that this issue is resolved, would you mind marking the thread solved (up top). thanks and good sleuthing.

@Layback: reading too fast crosses my eyes and dots my tees - lol

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25 Sep 2012   #34

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

hmmm jim, your solution is still there - seems to have jumped though.
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25 Sep 2012   #35

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

@jimtalbert: The solution you offered is by far the easiest and least intrusive. I decided to see how Windows handled multiple instances of the application.

When I launched a second instance of the application, the taskbar showed a second "layered" icon - just as a normal pinned taskbar application would behave. Very nice and clean solution. I think method two in my draft tutorial would do the same, but your solution is far less complicated. If I decide to create a tutorial, I will use your solution as method #1, giving you credit.

I also noticed that the file is pinned to the jumplist of the taskbar shortcut - I removed (unpinned) the file from the jumplist and the shortcut still launched the file.

  • I was unable to change the icon using your method, however. The icon is linked to the application. If that's important - you can try method#1 in my draft tut.
  • I noticed is that if you click on the application in the taskbar shortcut, it launches the file - not just the application. Not a big deal because that is what you intended to do, just a notation.
Thanks again!
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