1. Joined : Feb 2015
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    win 7/10 dual boot
       01 Mar 2015 #1

    Can't pin certain desktop shortcuts to taskbar


    I'm using MS Office and find some Desktop shortcuts will not pin to the Taskbar.
    My Desktop shortcut to Outlook pins just fine but, shortcuts to FILES will not pin or drag'
    For example, I have a Desktop shortcut to a "something.xls" (Excel) file which, when clicked, opens in Excel.
    But if I right click on it, the context menu does not give a pin to Taskbar option.
    On the other hand, Outlook when right clicked does.

    Help please
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       01 Mar 2015 #2

    Hello Don,

    Apps and programs can be pinned to the taskbar, but not files. Instead, files (ex: .xls) can be pinned inside the jump list of it's pinned default program (ex: Excel).

    Jump Lists - Pin or Unpin Items - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Mar 2015 at 15:16. Reason: added tutorial link
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       01 Mar 2015 #3

    See pictures below as additional explanation.

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  4. Joined : Feb 2015
    Posts : 19
    win 7/10 dual boot
       01 Mar 2015 #4

    Thanks for the reply whs.
    I tried dragging the File's shortcut to Explorer,
    but when I right clicked Explorer, It wasn't there?
    donwb
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  5. Joined : Feb 2015
    Posts : 19
    win 7/10 dual boot
       01 Mar 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Don,

    Apps and programs can be pinned to the taskbar, but not files. Instead, files (ex: .xls) can be pinned inside the jump list of it's pinned default program (ex: Excel).

    Jump Lists - Pin or Unpin Items - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn

    Yes I'd found this out earlier, but had hoped I could get the actual file's shortcut on the Taskbar, as is possible in Windows 7.
    donwb
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       01 Mar 2015 #6

    If you drag it in Windows 7 to the taskbar, it also ends up in the explorer icon. Same thing here.
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  7.    01 Mar 2015 #7

    @ donwb :
    Take that document and file it somewhere in C: not to be moved.
    Go to your desktop and right click, choose 'New'>'Shortcut',
    In the dialog type explorer then a space, then go to that file, press and hold 'Shift' then right click on the file and choose 'Copy as path', then paste that into the shortcut creation dialog and press 'Next'; name it whatever you wish and click finish.
    File explorer icon will be the default but you can change it by right clicking on the shortcut, choose 'Properties'>'Change icon'. (You may have to round up an appropriate icon from the internet and store it in a place not to be moved, (remember it has to be an .ico type (icon file).
    Then you can drag that to the taskbar and delete the desktop shortcut if you wish.

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  8. Joined : Feb 2015
    Posts : 19
    win 7/10 dual boot
       14 Mar 2015 #8

    Edwin said: View Post
    @ donwb :
    Take that document and file it somewhere in C: not to be moved.
    Go to your desktop and right click, choose 'New'>'Shortcut',
    In the dialog type explorer then a space, then go to that file, press and hold 'Shift' then right click on the file and choose 'Copy as path', then paste that into the shortcut creation dialog and press 'Next'; name it whatever you wish and click finish.
    File explorer icon will be the default but you can change it by right clicking on the shortcut, choose 'Properties'>'Change icon'. (You may have to round up an appropriate icon from the internet and store it in a place not to be moved, (remember it has to be an .ico type (icon file).
    Then you can drag that to the taskbar and delete the desktop shortcut if you wish.

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    Hi Edwin

    Many thanks for your solution to pinning files to the taskbar.
    It worked perfectly.
    Apologies for the delay in replying

    don
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  9. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       13 Aug 2016 #9

    Thank you!


    donwb said: View Post
    Hi Edwin

    Many thanks for your solution to pinning files to the taskbar.
    It worked perfectly.
    Apologies for the delay in replying

    don

    HOW could you possible know this? Thank you.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 8
       05 Sep 2016 #10

    donwb said: View Post
    Hi Shawn

    Yes I'd found this out earlier, but had hoped I could get the actual file's shortcut on the Taskbar, as is possible in Windows 7.
    donwb

    Soooo i had this problem also on windows 8, BUT i did solve this problem. the program that you wish to pin, simply open the program then alt+tab back to windows, right click on the program and click Pin to task bar.
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