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# Windows 7: Cannot pin a folder (its shortcut) to the taskbar

 26 Jan 2015 #1 markaz Windows 7 Home Premium x64 169 posts Peoria, AZ Cannot pin a folder (its shortcut) to the taskbar I have followed the tutorial(s) here and elsewhere on pinning a folder to the taskbar in Window 7. It's straight forward enough, but if I attempt to drag and drop the folder's shortcut from the Desktop to the Taskbar I get the universal symbol for "cannot do this". Even when I right click the shortcut I am not given the option to pin it to the taskbar. Before anyone asks, I am adding "explorer" to the beginning of target path in Properties.Any help would be appreciated. My System Specs
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 26 Jan 2015 #2 Pyprohly Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan 722 posts In a house Hello Markaz, Use the fully qualified path of Explorer.exe instead. E.g. (option one) - Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder Code: C:\Windows\explorer.exe "C:\Folder\to\pin" My System Specs
 26 Jan 2015 #3 whs Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8 26,478 posts Florida in winter, Black Forest/Germany Put the shortcut on the desktop and then drag it over the explorer icon in the taskbar. It will be pinned there. My System Specs
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 27 Jan 2015 #4 ShoTTaS Windows 7 Pro 32bit 371 posts Philippines in Search bar type gpedit.msc press Enter. Local Group Policy Editor will come up. Then under User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Taskbar: on the left side under Setting: Right click on Remove pinned programs from the taskbar choose Edit. If it is "Enabled" change it to "Disabled" then click Apply>Ok. To make that the configuration is applied restart your computer. After the reboot, check if you can now pin programs to your taskbar. Regards ShoTTaS My System Specs
 27 Jan 2015 #6 Pyprohly Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan 722 posts In a house Quote: Originally Posted by markaz Regardless of the method used to pin it to the taskbar the icon DOES NOT appear on the taskbar. Something is wrong, Markaz. Are you saying that you cannot pin applications or Shortcuts to the taskbar--the only items that can be pinned? My only guess is that you may have missing or damaged registry values for .lnk files. I recommend you restore default file type associations.    Quote: Originally Posted by markaz 3. ShoTTaS - When I search gpedit.msc and hit "Enter", the Group Policy Editor does not open. You've another issue coming. My System Specs
 27 Jan 2015 #7 markaz Windows 7 Home Premium x64 169 posts Peoria, AZ Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly    Quote: Originally Posted by markaz Regardless of the method used to pin it to the taskbar the icon DOES NOT appear on the taskbar. Something is wrong, Markaz. Are you saying that you cannot pin applications or Shortcuts to the taskbar--the only items that can be pinned? My only guess is that you may have missing or damaged registry values for .lnk files. I recommend you restore default file type associations.    Quote: Originally Posted by markaz 3. ShoTTaS - When I search gpedit.msc and hit "Enter", the Group Policy Editor does not open. You've another issue coming. Agreed...something is wrong. I have two apps (a mail client and a password manager) currently pinned to the taskbar. If I go to those exe's in their install folders I now do not have the option of pinning either of them (Context menu or drag and drop). So somewhere from the time I pinned them until now something's gotten corrupted. You mentioned a possible issue with .lnk. I used Brink's registry tweak to get rid of shortcut arrows, but that was over 4 1/2 years ago. I highly doubt that registry tweak has a thing to do with it. I was investigating this potential issue as well and in doing so came across something that I'm not certain is an issue or not. In the registry, should there be the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. If so, the Explorer key is missing. I'll investigate the Group Policy Editor issue and if I don't find a 'fix' to that then I'll post another thread. Maybe related...who knows at this point. Thanks for the help. Greatly appreciated. My System Specs
 27 Jan 2015 #8 whs Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8 26,478 posts Florida in winter, Black Forest/Germany Quote: 2. whs - First I do not have the Windows Explorer icon on the Taskbar and if I did wouldn't I have to open Windows Explorer from its icon and then find my folder and click on it? I want the folder directly on the Taskbar. I really don't see where the difficulty is. In my picture I mad a shortcut to the desktop of 'FF Output' and dragged it over the explorer icon. Then I deleted the shortcut on the desktop. Now all I need to do is right click on the explorer icon and it is right there. The other option would be a toolbar. There you can pin shortcuts, folders, shortcuts within folders and folders within folders. A very flexible facility where you can have hundreds of entries that would otherwise never fit on the taskbar. Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista My System Specs
 27 Jan 2015 #9 ShoTTaS Windows 7 Pro 32bit 371 posts Philippines Well, i guess the next thing to do is the repair install of your OS, you've got a lot of issue on your computer. (i can't find the link in tutorials) But let me find a way on how to get your gpedit.msc back. My System Specs