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Windows 7: Can't add more icons to Taskbar

18 Nov 2009   #11
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If it shows as pinned, is it pinned to start menu?


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18 Nov 2009   #12
toglenn

win 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 
Sorry..no folders in taskbar icons

I was mistaken when I said there were folders among the taskbar incons, They are shortcuts on the desktop. All taskbar icons are programs;

MS Internet Explorer
Maxthon 2 Browser
MS Windows Explorer
MS Media Player
MS Power Point
MS Publisher
MS Excel
MS Word
Canon Digital Photo Processor
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Bridge
Adobe Lightroom
MSMoney 2003
MS Outlook
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18 Nov 2009   #13
toglenn

win 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 
Pinned Taskbar Icons Displayed in Start Menu

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If it shows as pinned, is it pinned to start menu?
Yes the icons displayed in the taskbar are also displayed on the Start Menu. Icons indicated as pinned to the taskbar but not displayed are also not displayed in the Start Menu.

Sorry but I don't see the relationship in your inquiry.
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18 Nov 2009   #14
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Boy - no clue. I've tried to replicate a limit through several ways and I can always add as many icons as I want. Sounds sorta like a registry problem but with all those installs I guess not.

Stumped, sorry. I'll be curious to find out an answer.
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18 Nov 2009   #15
toglenn

win 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 
Thanks for Your Efforts

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
Boy - no clue. I've tried to replicate a limit through several ways and I can always add as many icons as I want. Sounds sorta like a registry problem but with all those installs I guess not.

Stumped, sorry. I'll be curious to find out an answer.
I appreciate you help and I'm sorry I could not be more helpful. I've been fighting this problem for sometime and although Im not an expert on Windows 7 I have had a lot of computer experience dating back to 1981 and I'm also stumped.

The thought crossed my mind that it might be some sort of conflict with software I use but I don't know if that is the case. I did have some crashes of Windows 7 Pro after it was installed but that was due to a Logitech Wing Force joystick that had no drivers available. Once removed there was no more problem.

I was hoping someone else was having the same problem and found a fix. If I do stumble on a fix I will be sure to post it.
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18 Nov 2009   #16
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toglenn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
Boy - no clue. I've tried to replicate a limit through several ways and I can always add as many icons as I want. Sounds sorta like a registry problem but with all those installs I guess not.

Stumped, sorry. I'll be curious to find out an answer.
I appreciate you help and I'm sorry I could not be more helpful. I've been fighting this problem for sometime and although Im not an expert on Windows 7 I have had a lot of computer experience dating back to 1981 and I'm also stumped.

The thought crossed my mind that it might be some sort of conflict with software I use but I don't know if that is the case. I did have some crashes of Windows 7 Pro after it was installed but that was due to a Logitech Wing Force joystick that had no drivers available. Once removed there was no more problem.

I was hoping someone else was having the same problem and found a fix. If I do stumble on a fix I will be sure to post it.
Good luck!
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18 Nov 2009   #17
MrJukes

 

You could try resetting the taskbar pinned list to see if that helps.
Kill explorer
Open regedit and navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Delete the "Taskband" key
Go into the Advanced key and change StartMenuInit to 3
Start explorer back up

This should reset your taskbar pinned items to the default and maybe get you out of a bad state.
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18 Nov 2009   #18
toglenn

win 7 Pro - 64 bit
 
 
I Found the Problem

I found the problem I was having with the Taskbar icons. The reason no one knew the answer is because, unknowingly, I didn't give the complete picture and I'm sorry about that.

After reading the comments here I realized the problem is not common and might be unique to me so I started up a second computer loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium and found I had the same problem with that computer so I had to figure out what was comman with both computers. I thought it might be software but then I remembered something I did to both machines.

In an effort to remove the arrow from the desktop short cuts I read a post suggesting a mod to the registery. It removed the arrows alright but it also gave me the taskbar icon problem which I was not aware of at the time. The mod was;

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT ->lnkfile (LNKFILE)
Delete "IsShortcut" key

Once I replaced this key everything appears to be normal and I have added a new icon to the Taskbar.

Again I'm sorry for the lack of information and thanks to everyone for their efforts.

Now does anyone know a good way to remove the arrows from the Desktop shortcuts (again sorry but I couldn't resist the temptation)?

toglenn
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18 Nov 2009   #19
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for explaining the solution. There are some programs floating around that remove the arrow. I cannot name them off the top of my head, but a few minutes on Google may work wonders.
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18 Nov 2009   #20
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrJukes View Post
You could try resetting the taskbar pinned list to see if that helps.
Kill explorer
Open regedit and navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Delete the "Taskband" key
Go into the Advanced key and change StartMenuInit to 3
Start explorer back up

This should reset your taskbar pinned items to the default and maybe get you out of a bad state.
But if he's got the same problem after installing 3 different versions of 7, resetting the registry isn't going to help, right? Seems like a software/driver conflict.

toglenn, after you've installed the OS, did you try pinning programs that only came with 7 - load zero 3rd party software, only pin what came with your OS?
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