Windows 10: Why can't I add desktop shortcuts to the Taskbar in W10 Pro?

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  1. Berton's Avatar
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       15 Jun 2018 #11

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Yeah, its weird because I have shortcuts for PC Shutdown and to switch from Extend to PC Screen Only etc on my Desktop. I can Pin those to my Start Menu and Taskbar. However, If I create a shortcut to say a text document and put that on my Desktop, no right click Pin option?
    Even weirder, I opened File Explorer, chose a simple text/.txt file, right-clicked and chose Send To, Desktop (create shortcut). That worked and I could open the file [Notepad] and read it. If I then dragged that shortcut to the Taskbar then opened it from there Notepad opened to a blank document ready for typing. The shortcut on the Desktop didn't change.
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  2.    15 Jun 2018 #12

    Berton said: View Post
    Even weirder, I opened File Explorer, chose a simple text/.txt file, right-clicked and chose Send To, Desktop (create shortcut). That worked and I could open the file [Notepad] and read it. If I then dragged that shortcut to the Taskbar then opened it from there Notepad opened to a blank document ready for typing. The shortcut on the Desktop didn't change.
    It's not consistent from app to app, program to program either. If I create a shortcut to the Environment Canada Website from IE, and pin that to my taskbar. It opens in its own window in IE. If I launch IE after that it opens in a separate window. Both on separate monitors if I want. And I do want it that way.
    If I do the pin from Edge everything opens in that one Window / instance. New tabs are created in the one Window instead of a new Instance. Not what I personally want. Luckily the shortcut launches from IE even when Edge is the default.
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  3.    15 Jun 2018 #13

    I don't "pin" anything. I make a new taskbar, and then you can drag anything to it the old fashioned way.
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  4.    15 Jun 2018 #14

    What's on my Windows taskbar is only what I use every day, that's it. Outlook, Edge, File Explorer, etc. Frequently used stuff I pin to my start screen, that's about 20 tiles or so. What is on my taskbar is repeated there. Everything else I just search for of go to all apps. Icons are hidden on my desktop. The only time I see my desktop is after logging in. A few mouse clicks latter and all 3 of my monitors are full and in use. I have simple needs though. I'm retired.
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  5.    15 Jun 2018 #15

    Berton said: View Post
    Even weirder, I opened File Explorer, chose a simple text/.txt file, right-clicked and chose Send To, Desktop (create shortcut). That worked and I could open the file [Notepad] and read it. If I then dragged that shortcut to the Taskbar then opened it from there Notepad opened to a blank document ready for typing. The shortcut on the Desktop didn't change.
    If you want to pin a certain document to the Taskbar, change the extension to .exe, drag it to the Taskbar, change it back to previous extension, also on the Taskbar, restart Explorer...

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  6.    15 Jun 2018 #16

    That's nothing in win10 latest build I can't pin windows mail app to the task bar, any other app no problem
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  7. Compumind's Avatar
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       13 Sep 2018 #17

    Hello all -

    Still attempting to attach Desktop Internet Shortcuts to the Taskbar with no luck.
    I would rather not create a second custom Taskbar to do it.

    Any new ideas?

    TIA :)
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       13 Sep 2018 #18

    Compumind,

    What about my post #3?

    Denis
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  9. xTL's Avatar
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       14 Sep 2018 #19

    Compumind said: View Post
    Hello all -

    Still attempting to attach Desktop Internet Shortcuts to the Taskbar with no luck.
    I would rather not create a second custom Taskbar to do it.

    Any new ideas?

    TIA :)

    Sure i'll help :)

    Head into C:\Users\username\Favorites\Links
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    And place the internet shortcuts you want inside this folder.
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    Then rightclick on the taskbar, Toolbars > Links
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    Now unlock the taskbar and drag the slider to where you want the links to appear on the taskbar like i have on my old LG laptop in my SS here.
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    Feel free to change the icons on the internet shortcut links :P
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    i'll upload my sevenforum internet shortcut link & the icon i used in the SS above in a 7-zip.
    if u need it can just copy it and change the url & icon :)

    Good Luck to you and let me know if there's any problems!

    ( had to look forever to find that d*** icon... )
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  10. Wynona's Avatar
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       14 Sep 2018 #20

    Compumind said: View Post
    Hello all -

    Still attempting to attach Desktop Internet Shortcuts to the Taskbar with no luck.
    I would rather not create a second custom Taskbar to do it.

    Any new ideas?

    TIA :)
    You can try using the Quick Launch Toolbar. I have used it since (I think) Vista, and can put any shortcut I want on it. Works every time.

    Add or Remove Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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