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Missing "pin to taskbar" icon on the apps page

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Win 7, Win 8.1

    Missing "pin to taskbar" icon on the apps page


    I'm a new Win 8.1 user trying to setup a more normal looking desktop on my wife's new laptop.

    In an attempt to populate the desktop toolbar with apps on the start page, I found it can't be done as explained in the tutorial. Either when I touch/hold the app icon, or right mouse click, the app is checked and the bottom application bar appears. However, on the app bar my only choices are: "Unpin from Start", "Uninstall", or "Find in Start". I'm not given the option of "Pin to taskbar". I also don't see the choices: "Open new window", "Run as admin", or "Open file location" that I see in an example under that tutorial.

    I'm running this account in admin mode. The most recent Windows update was 5/2014, with no new updates available when checked today. Is there something wrong or a control panel setting I need to enable to see the other choices?

    Your help will be appreciated. Thanks! -Matt

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Check the items on the Task Bar in the desktop it should be there that is why you do not see the option to pin to the taskbar.
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  3. #3


    If you want a more normal looking desktop, install Classic Shell.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Win 7, Win 8.1


    Well, I found through trial and error that some apps on the app page give the option of being pinned, others don't (e.g.- Evernote doesn't, but Windows sticky notes does).

    I'll be looking at Stardock or Classic Shell as a desktop program. Those two seem to be about the most used/popular. After using Windows since day one, working a completely different way just isn't natural. If we want to use apps, we'll use our smart phones, not our computer.

    -Matt
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    What about when you have the app open, does right clicking the thumbnail give you the 'Pin to the Taskbar' option?

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    Posts : 3
    Win 7, Win 8.1


    I don't know Edwin, I'll have to try that out.

    That is, as soon as I figure out how to get back to the app screen. I installed Stardock's Start8 last night, so pressing the Windows key or touching it on the screen just brings up a start menu. I'll have to get on the Stardock site when I have time today to see how to navigate to the app screen. Baby steps. On the plus side, though, it's nice to see the old familiar desktop again, and I keep telling myself that everything that's new is good for my brain!
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  7. #7


    Ctrl+Click on Start8 button brings up the Modern desktop App screen.
    Click on Start8 button and click on Windows 8 menu also goes there.
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Missing "pin to taskbar" icon on the apps page
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