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Questions--Taskbar and Other--Please Help!

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64 bit

    Questions--Taskbar and Other--Please Help!


    Hi guys,

    I hope this is the right place to post this. I Just got a new toshiba laptop last night. It came with Windows 8 (64 bit), not sure of any more details than that. I am having several issues that make me suspect something is wrong.

    First, I want File Explorer to open to "My computer" instead of "Libraries." I looked online and found an easy solution that involved me entering a command in the Target Field under the file explorer properties. Well, here is the problem: I cannot click into the Target field to change its value. I cannot click there, it will not allow me. Any ideas why?

    Second, I do not have a "pin to taskbar" option for my programs or apps. I would like to build my taskbar.....i have seen numerous explanations for this, but do not understand what is wrong.

    I am the only person on the computer and set myself up as Administrator. PLEASE HELP.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Another thing, I cannot just drag an app/program onto the taskbar...it has a red circle with a line through it.


    basically everything shown here: Taskbar - Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 8

    is NOT available to me. I CANNOT drag anything to the task bar. and I do not have the option to "pin to taskbar" only "pin to start"



    Please help!!!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,156
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    Quote Originally Posted by hmtaylor View Post
    Hi guys,

    I hope this is the right place to post this. I Just got a new toshiba laptop last night. It came with Windows 8 (64 bit), not sure of any more details than that. I am having several issues that make me suspect something is wrong.

    First, I want File Explorer to open to "My computer" instead of "Libraries." I looked online and found an easy solution that involved me entering a command in the Target Field under the file explorer properties. Well, here is the problem: I cannot click into the Target field to change its value. I cannot click there, it will not allow me. Any ideas why?

    Second, I do not have a "pin to taskbar" option for my programs or apps. I would like to build my taskbar.....i have seen numerous explanations for this, but do not understand what is wrong.

    I am the only person on the computer and set myself up as Administrator. PLEASE HELP.
    This is what I did--taskbar toolbar to compensate for no start menu. That could help you, but having no pin-to-task bar option. Hard to figure. I never fiddle with machines that are bad out of the box. I'd return it to brick and mortar or RMA it. I'd try for one more of the same model. Second one doesn't work? Forget that model.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64 bit


    you think its something with the computer? it seems to me like a Windows 8 issue, no?

    I can try and return it/exchange it or whatever, but I want to make sure there's no fix/something in the admin settings/etc that I can look at.
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    Unless I possibly did something to create the problem, then I'd return it. If I thought I might have caused the problem, then I'd try a system restore having made an appropriate restore point out of the box. Doesn't fix? I'd take it back. Out of the box and not my doing, I say it's something wrong with the manufacturing/set up process. Either way I wouldn't want the computer.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Are you sure you're trying to pin a program to taskbar and not a document? You can't pin documents to the taskbar, although you can pin shortcuts to them.
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64 bit


    I'm positive, I don't have any documents on my computer. i literally just got it.

    what is troubling to me: is that when I right click an app/program whatever there is no option to "PIN TO TASKBAR" so what im asking is................why is that??? I have a hard time believing its toshibas fault...

    it seems that, given this issue along with the former issue (related to file explorer) there may be something with my admin privileges?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64 bit


    i found this: and i am going to try it later:

    How to Enable Pinning of Programs to Taskbar in Windows 8

    but its hard to believe that everyone should be expected to do this . why did mine go astray I wonder?
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    Good question. If the tutorial works for you, then be sure there are no other significant problems before deciding to keep the computer.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 64 bit


    i ll tell you what, i appreciate your help. but im not satisfied with the explanation that its the laptop itself, it has something to do with the design of windows 8 and/or some stupid setting that i (inadvertently) might have touched.

    im gonna try that tutorial and call windows to speak to someone regarding the "target box" prompt ...if it doesnt work i will wipe the system and start from fresh. if that doesnt work, im not going with a windows 8 machine....
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