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Launch a pinned document vs. the App???

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I just pinned a .doc file to the taskbar with Pin to 8 & it opened in my Open Office just fine.

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  2. #12


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Win8fait View Post
    I appreciate the information/workaround [David Bailey] but I would love to get it working again, native, without having to install 3rd party code that I have no idea about.

    It's a tiny program, easy to use, not a code.

    But, I wish you luck getting it to work the old way.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i just checked my win7 install and i can't pin file shortcuts there either .unless the program that opens them is pinned on the taskbar also ,then it says pint to office or pint to notepad
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  4. #14

    A brilliant solution to the world's problems...


    Ideally, you could just rotate the pinned items inside the widget just like you can manage the Search Engine toolbar items in FireFox. The item at the top of the list is the default one used. That's the ticket for the taskbar (shortcut?, pinned thing?, widget?, taskbar items?, quick launch items?, icons? whatever we're supposed to call them and assuming there are only one type.

    What is the proper Windows 8.x name for those taskbar thinkgies please?

    (Strange that this forum app is set to not allow W.i.n.8 (without dots), and converts it to "Windows 8". Too oppressive. What is that all about?)

    [Edit: Irony acknowledged that that function is precluding exactly the kind of misunderstanding as with the taskbar widget names... ]
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  5. #15


    Try this.
    1. Right click any file you want to add onto your task bar.
    2. Click on 'Pin to Start'
    3. Go to Start screen, scroll all the way to right & find your new addition
    4. Right click it and click on 'Pin to taskbar'
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post

    1. Right click any file you want to add onto your task bar.
    2. Click on 'Pin to Start'
    3. Go to Start screen, scroll all the way to right & find your new addition
    4. Right click it and click on 'Pin to taskbar'
    You must have 8.1. (or installed a Start.exe type file I'm sticking to OEM and Open Source for now.)

    Interestingly, I can pin multiple txt documents to Notepad in this manner, but then when I unpin Notepad itself from the quick launch taskbar all the documents remain pined to the app in a one to many relationship. That remains persistent somewhere. Where? Maybe that file can be modified to choose which to open with the app.
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  8. #18


    I have 8 not 8.1

    I apologize for leaving out a step. The one which allows you to add 'Pin to Start' to your context menu.

    Steps 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 will add that option to your context menu.

    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I am running Win 8.1 and I can confirm that it works as the OP described. I have tried using 3 different programs and all have reacted the same way when trying to pin a document to the taskbar. The 3 programs I used are:

    NotePad
    WordPad
    OpenOffice 4.0

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    Looks like David's suggestion may be the best solution at this point.

    Unfortunately, I never tried (or had the need) to pin a document to the taskbar previously.
    Last edited by my2cents; 09 Sep 2013 at 00:12.
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  10. #20


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    I have 8 not 8.1

    I apologize for leaving out a step. The one which allows you to add 'Pin to Start' to your context menu.

    Steps 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 will add that option to your context menu.

    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
    this works ,so now we have a doc that i can click on in 3 places .
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