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How do I pin a portable app to the taskbar?

  1. #1

    Shortcut won't stay pinned to taskbar (for portable app)

    I have an external hard drive for all my gigabytes of music, and I have Media Monkey installed as a portable app. This setup is great for taking my music library wherever I go, but the shortcut disappears from the taskbar any time the hard drive is powered off, or if the shortcut does stick around after booting up, the icon is blank. Is there a way to get the shortcut to persist properly? Would there be a way to edit the autoplay.ini to pin the shortcut when the drive is detected?
    Last edited by JediMobius; 27 Aug 2014 at 22:14.

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  2. #2

    New Zealand
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 pro

    You could create a shortcut to the application, put it anywhere on a drive that doesn't go offline and pin that to the taskbar. I tested it with a random exe then moved the executable and the shortcut and icon did persist. I did have to drag it to the taskbar as the context menu only had the pin to start option for some reason.
    But I'm not sure about detecting it. I could look into writing something if there is an option to programmatically pin to taskbar. Even then it would be the last icon at the time it was pinned
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  3. #3

    Posts : 453
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Create a folder "bin" in the root of your system drive. That's where you put all your portable apps, or more generally, programs that don't use installers. You can pin them to the taskbar, and they won't go away. Also, command line users would likely add bin to their PATH.
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  4. #4

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    This works good for me---

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How do I pin a portable app to the taskbar?

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