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

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  1. Compumind's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #61

    HeM said: View Post
    I've already posted this video about it, although I'm not an expert.
    And no! "Quick Launch" is not the easiest and simplest way.
    So what happened with that newly created desktop folder at the end of the video?
    I don't think that it could be deleted from the desktop. Could it? Paths?

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       3 Weeks Ago #62

    Compumind said: View Post
    So what happened with that newly created desktop folder at the end of the video?
    I don't think that it could be deleted from the desktop. Could it? Paths?

    I was wondering the same thing, Compumind. Since it's only a shortcut, and another shortcut has been "relocated" to the taskbar, you should be able to remove it.

    I haven't had time to try HeM's folder out; have been dealing with a sick husband and CT Scan . . . next is a PET Scan . . . but I should get to it in the next few days.
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       3 Weeks Ago #63

    Compumind said: View Post
    Wow.

    As the OP, I didn't really expect this thread to continue so deep without an easy fix. Windows 10. Go figure!
    Sadly, there is no easy fix, Compumind.
    Compumind said: View Post
    What I want to do is take a desktop shortcut (any shortcut) and drop it onto the default taskbar. That's it.
    That's the one thing Microsoft has not done with the Taskbar; kinda shortsighted, but that's just the way things are.
    Compumind said: View Post
    Wynona has the right idea but it is a bit of a PITA (in terms of time) to implement.
    Yeah, the tutorials include lots more than it takes to create the toolbar. I'll see if I can shorten it to just making the toolbar work; if you should want more, you can use the "official" tutorial.
    <Snip>
    Compumind said: View Post
    Perhaps I should contact Stardock, since they have much experience with these software tricks.

    Thanks for everyone's input!
    You'll end up paying money for their stuff, I think.
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       3 Weeks Ago #64

    Compumind said: View Post
    So what happened with that newly created desktop folder at the end of the video?...
    It grew up, married with another folder and...
    Compumind said: View Post
    ...I don't think that it could be deleted from the desktop. Could it? Paths?
    So, what happened with the Taskbar (not Toolbar) folder [%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar] which hosts Taskbar shortcuts and you want actually to use it for your shortcuts? It is exactly the same. If you delete this folder, your shortcuts will be useless.

    Anyway, I want to believe, you've realized that creating a shortcut on Taskbar is not an easy thing but creating a Toolbar acting as Taskbar is the most easy and simple way you may follow. As for "that newly created desktop folder at the end of the video" I have already deleted it, having mine on another partition using the same Toolbar for the last 3 years.
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  5. Wynona's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #65

    Information: I will use “right click” when you need to right click; otherwise, I will use “click” for when you need to double left click. I use a single click, but most don’t.

    1. Click Start then start typing Show Hidden Files and Folders. By the time you’ve typed Show hi, you should see a link; click on it, then choose the View Tab. Click the radio button for Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Once through creating your toolbar, it’s a very good idea to change back to the default Don’t show . . .

    2. Right click the Taskbar>be sure “Lock all taskbars” is unchecked (click it if it’s checked)

    3. Right click the Taskbar>hover on Toolbars>click “New toolbar” on the flyout

    4. Right click Start>File Explorer>“This PC”> C:\ drive>Users>your Username folder>App Data>Roaming>Microsoft>Internet Explorer and select Quick Launch

    5. Quick Launch will show up at the far right of your Taskbar just in front of the People icon. Grab it by the little double vertical lines and drag it all the way to the left; it will even skip over any open apps showing on the Taskbar.

    6. The first thing you must do is drag at least one app (a browser is good) onto the new Quick Launch Toolbar. This is to keep the toolbar from disappearing when you:

    7. Uncheck “Show Text” and you will see the name of your browser disappear. Now uncheck “Show Title” and Quick Launch will disappear, leaving only the icon for your browser showing.

    8. Now, you can drag anything you wish (a URL, document, etc.) into the Quick Launch Toolbar and it will stick.

    9. Once you’re finished, click on Lock all taskbars (the checkmark should be showing) and you’re done.

    10. When you want to add something new to Quick Launch, just unlock the Taskbar, drag your file to QL and lock the Taskbar.

    That should do it.
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  6. Compumind's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #66

    Yep. Additional toolbar is the way to go.
    I've worked through bigger messes, lol!

    I'll leave the thread as unsolved for now... just in case a genius idea gets posted...

    Thanks everyone.

    P.S. Thanks for the step-by-step Wynona. Others will benefit.
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  7. Wynona's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #67

    Compumind said: View Post
    Yep. Additional toolbar is the way to go.
    I've worked through bigger messes, lol!

    I'll leave the thread as unsolved for now... just in case a genius idea gets posted...

    Thanks everyone.

    P.S. Thanks for the step-by-step Wynona.
    You are very welcome, Compumind, and you're ever the optimist! I love it!

    Let us know how it turns out, since I was "flyin' by the seat o' me pants".
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  8. Compumind's Avatar
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       3 Weeks Ago #68

    Wynona said: View Post
    You are forever the optimist, Compumind! I love it!
    Let's see what happens when I bang on Stardock's door!
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