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Windows 7: Pin a network mapped shorcut..

24 Sep 2009   #1
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 
Pin a network mapped shorcut..

Hello !

I found many tutorials explaining how to pin custom things to the win7 "superbar"

maybe i readed wrong but i didn't found anything about pinning a shorcut from a virtual mapped drive..

so, saying my virtual drive (mapped using net use ..) is R:\,

what i want, is to have in my superbar a shorcut to R:\foo\bar.exe

is this possible ?

thanks :-)


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24 Sep 2009   #2
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alvoryx View Post
Hello !

I found many tutorials explaining how to pin custom things to the win7 "superbar"

maybe i readed wrong but i didn't found anything about pinning a shorcut from a virtual mapped drive..

so, saying my virtual drive (mapped using net use ..) is R:\,

what i want, is to have in my superbar a shorcut to R:\foo\bar.exe

is this possible ?

thanks :-)
Well, maybe not exactely what you want, but maybe a suitable solution for you?

Open explorer and open the mapped folder.

Close the explorer.

On the taskbar right click on the explorer.

You'll see a recent list, and the just opened mapped folder is in the list.

Right click it, and choose attach to this list.

This will make it permanently show up in the list.

Greetz
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25 Sep 2009   #3
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 

then i goes faster to just make a shortcut on the deskop directly to the exe

thx for the try..

nobody else ?
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25 Sep 2009   #4
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alvoryx View Post
then i goes faster to just make a shortcut on the deskop directly to the exe

thx for the try..

nobody else ?
That's another option, but then you would have to always go to the desktop to start it when you have programs on top.
That would take exactly the same effort as right click/left click on the taskbar.

It is not possible to pin mapped network folders to the taskbar.

I have tried even through registry hacks, and so have many others on the internet, but it just is not possible. (yet)

Good luck
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25 Sep 2009   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

you can put network shortcuts onto a quicklaunch toolbar that you can have on your taskbar.

here's a great tutorial to enable quicklaunch.

here's what mine looks like...


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25 Sep 2009   #6
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
That's another option, but then you would have to always go to the desktop to start it when you have programs on top.
That would take exactly the same effort as right click/left click on the taskbar.
no offence, I don't wish to argue on something that we both understand, but it seem's that ur wrong :

what you describe is making a shorcut to a network mapped folder into another shorcut.

that mean's it would take me : 1 right clic, 1 left clic, browsing to the exe i wanna launch and finally double clic it. meaning 3 steps (if you include the fact of browsing to the file, I could say 4)

from my opinion, this is much more complicated than just going to the desktop and double click on the shorcut, which makes 2 step's :-)
renforced by the fact that now, going back to the deskop is (using the mouse) much easier than before (one of the bettest idea's microsoft recently had imo).


anyways..i don't understand why microsoft made it impossible to launch something that's network mapped from the superbar..i'm sure this is something they didn't think about cause it's ridiculous..

actually i might just write a program in c# that launches my networked exe...but there must be a better way (maybe some microsoft patch ?)

eventually i could even write something that ask's about some exe files / icon file and create the exact exe that launches it (which, since it's local could be pinned..)
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25 Sep 2009   #7
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 

ok instead of speaking, i quickly wrote this :

Code:
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.IO;

namespace bck_lnch
{
    public partial class backlauncher : Form
    {
        public backlauncher()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private string filePath = @"C:\Windows\System32\back_launch.conf";
        private string line = "";



        private void backlauncher_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            
            Process pr = new Process();

            pr.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = "C:\\Windows\\";
            pr.StartInfo.FileName = "notepad.exe";
           

            try
            {

                if (File.Exists(filePath))
                {


                    StreamReader file = null;
                    try
                    {
                        file = new StreamReader(filePath);

                        int i = 0;
                        while ((line = file.ReadLine()) != null)
                        {
                            switch (i)
                            {
                                case 0:
                                        pr.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = line;
                                    break;

                                case 1:
                                        pr.StartInfo.FileName = line; 
                                    break;


                                default:
                                    break;
                            }

                            i++;
                        }

                    }
                    finally
                    {

                        if (file != null)
                            file.Close();
                    }
                }
                else
                {

                    System.IO.FileStream fs = System.IO.File.Create(filePath, 1024);
                    fs.Close();

                    TextWriter tw = new StreamWriter(filePath);

                    tw.WriteLine("C:\\Windows\\");
                    tw.WriteLine("notepad.exe");
                    
                    tw.Close();

                }
            }
            catch (Exception exc)
            {
                MessageBox.Show(exc.Message + exc.StackTrace);
            }

            try
            {

                pr.Start();
    
                this.Hide();

                while (pr.HasExited == false)
                {
                    System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(1000);
                }
            }
            catch (Exception) { }

            this.Close();

        
        }
       

    }
}
in 2 words :

after the first launch the program creates C:\Windows\System32\back_launch.conf

in this file, 2 lines :

C:\Windows\
notepad.exe


just replace those 2 lines with what u want to be networked launched..

for ex :

V:\somefolder\somesubfolder\
myfile.exe



save&close


then u can pin my program to the superbar, change the icon et voilą.. ur done
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25 Sep 2009   #8
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 

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25 Sep 2009   #9
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

did you read my post? it's a pretty good workaround.

enable your quicklaunch toolbar >> stick a shortcut to a networked exe on it >> stick the quicklaunch onto your taskbar >> result is networked shortcut pinned to bottom of screen that doesn't get obscured by maximised windows.
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25 Sep 2009   #10
alvoryx

win 7 pro x64
 
 

yes it's a workaround.. but this enables to put the whole stuff just as anything else
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