Three Tricks for Using Apps Pinned to the Windows 7 Taskbar

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Pinning frequently used applications to the Windows 7 taskbar makes them readily available. To pin an application to the taskbar, right-click its shortcut in the Start menu and then select “Pin to Taskbar” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can right-click the executable file for the application and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.

Once an application is pinned to the taskbar, there are several tricks for its easy use. Here are three.

Open several instances of a program

If you would like to have more than one instance of a program open, hold down the Shift key and click the taskbar icon. (Note that some programs will not allow more than one instance at a time.)

Run a program with elevated privileges

To open a program with administrator privileges, hold down both the Ctrl and Shift keys while clicking the taskbar icon.

Add a file to a program’s jump list

If you use the same file regularly, make it easy to access by adding it to the jump list of the application that opens it. Drag the icon for the file to the taskbar and drop it on the appropriate application icon. This will add the file to the list that appears when you right-click the application taskbar icon. It does not open the file directly as was the case for the quick launch bar in previous versions of Windows. If you hold down the Shift key, and drag and drop a file icon onto the application taskbar icon, it may open in some applications (Notepad, for example) but I haven’t had a lot of success with this method.

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This tips section is maintained by Vic Laurie. Vic runs a Windows blog called The PC Informant and also operates a computer education website.

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