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Pinning a document to the Start Page

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    Pinning a document to the Start Page


    I just spent 5 minutes seeing if I could pin a document to the Start Page and I think the answer is "no".

    I want a quick way to open an Excel document straight from the Start Page. Anyone know how to create a tile for a document?

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    Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia
    Posts : 339
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit (Triple Boot)


    You can only pin Apps to Start Screen.
    If you want to open the Excel document quickly, simply put the document in taskbar.
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    You can pin a shortcut to an application that will also automatically open document. For example:

    Your document is called mydoc.txt

    1. Create a shortcut to notepad.exe on the desktop
    2. Select Properties and modify the shortcut 'Target'
    3. Enter C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe {path to mydoc.txt}\mydoc.txt
    4. Rename the shortcut to mydoc
    5. Pin mydoc to the start page.

    Keep the path to the documents short ad avoid spaces in the path.
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    Good idea Calico, I will try that, but it would be good if MS make it easier to add document tiles/shortcuts to the Start Page
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Yeah, I have my hosts file shortcut pinned to Start as Calico describes -

    Target: %windir%\system32\notepad.exe "%SystemRoot%\system32\DRIVERS\etc\hosts"

    Start In: %windir%
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