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Unable to pin any items at all to taskbar

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Unable to pin any items at all to taskbar


    I've been using my dad's HP Pavilion as a standby until I can get together funds to buy a PC but I'm having a major issue with the inability to pin any items to the taskbar.

    Methods tried:

    Right-clicking the program or folder while it's open
    Dragging the program from the desktop
    Right-clicking the item on the start screen
    Right-clicking the item from the apps list
    Right-clicking the item from the 'search' menu

    I did have an issue with Google Chrome providing the option of "Unpin to taskbar" on the Start screen, but "Pin to taskbar" on the Desktop screen. Chrome will also not pin to the start screen - it's the only program I've had this problem with, but the only program I've been able to pin to the taskbar is "File Explorer."

    Screenshots attached.

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    I've run a batch file on here to delete/reset items pinned to the Taskbar, but it doesn't seem to have helped at all.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You could try fixing any OS problems by running the dsim.bat script from here Can't install any programs- "Error writing to file C:\..."
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Sweet. I'll try that and hope it works.

    Thanks
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  4. #4


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Don't forget to run as administrator and don't worry if it takes hours to finish
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  5. #5


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Go to Desktop interface (not Metro) and you can pin any program (not folder) to the taskbar.
    Below, I'm trying to pin 'Calibrize'

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  6. #6


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    You could try fixing any OS problems by running the dsim.bat script from here Can't install any programs- "Error writing to file C:\..."
    This method didn't work. It was unable to find any OS problems at all, in fact.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Here's the "Classic Shell" option. The OS thinks Chrome is pinned to the taskbar when clearly it isn't.

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  8. #8


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    I'm using 'Classic Shell' too (see post 5). You can drag the program icon, say Chrome, to the taskbar and it will pin. Then you can right-click for unpin option. If you try to drag a program folder, you'll see that you can't.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    I still have the same problem. ie I cannot pin anything to the taskbar, regardless of how I try and do it. I don't normally use 'Classic Shell'; I installed it to see if I could make 'pinning' work, but nope. Nothing
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  10. #10


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    The only other thing I can think of is to go to Classic Shell folder in the Programs list after clicking Start, then 'Start Menu Settings' . Check that you have the same setting as in screen below so pinned items are in Start Menu not a pinned folder. Then drag-to-taskbar should be activated. Good Luck

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