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Pin to Taskbar with VB Script

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Pin to Taskbar with VB Script


    Is it still possible to use the VB script in Windows 8 that many of us used to pin programs and shortcuts in Windows 7. I just have a couple items I would like to have pinned on users desktop taskbars and the script below worked perfect in Windows 7. I tried it today and nothing gets pinned but it still deletes itself. Any ideas? I did verify I had the .lnk in the locations below.

    Thank you!

    Option Explicit
    Const CSIDL_PROGRAMS = &H2
    Dim objShell, objFSO
    Dim objCurrentUserStartFolder
    Dim strCurrentUserStartFolderPath
    Dim objAllUsersProgramsFolder
    Dim strAllUsersProgramsPath
    Dim objFolder
    Dim objFolderItem
    Dim colVerbs
    Dim objVerb
    Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    Set objCurrentUserStartFolder = objShell.NameSpace (CSIDL_STARTMENU)
    strCurrentUserStartFolderPath = objCurrentUserStartFolder.Self.Path
    Set objAllUsersProgramsFolder = objShell.NameSpace(CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS)
    strAllUsersProgramsPath = objAllUsersProgramsFolder.Self.Path
    ' - Pin to Taskbar -
    'Microsoft Outlook 2013
    If objFSO.FileExists(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Microsoft Office 2013\Outlook 2013.lnk") Then
        Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strAllUsersProgramsPath & "\Microsoft Office 2013")
        Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Outlook 2013.lnk")
        Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
        For Each objVerb in colVerbs
            If Replace(, "&", "") = "Pin to Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    End If
    'Snipping Tool
    If objFSO.FileExists(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories\Snipping Tool.lnk") Then
        Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(strCurrentUserStartFolderPath & "\Programs\Accessories")
        Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Snipping Tool.lnk")
        Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
        For Each objVerb in colVerbs
            If Replace(, "&", "") = "Pin to Taskbar" Then objVerb.DoIt
    End If
    'Delete the script
    Sub DeleteSelf()       
            Dim objFSO
            'Create a File System Object
            Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
            'Delete the currently executing script
            objFSO.DeleteFile WScript.ScriptFullName
            Set objFSO = Nothing
    End Sub
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Dec 2012 at 19:25. Reason: code box

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello ws2000, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if this may be able to work for you instead.

    Taskbar Pinned Apps - Back Up and Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Its working again now. A couple mistakes and in my profile C:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ the Accessories folder is displayed as Windows Accessories but is still just Accessories for scripting. I fixed the script above. Hopefully it saves someone the hour I lost.

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  4. #4

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    Great news.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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