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We are having trouble adding our batch scripts to the new Windows 7 taskar.

Our batchfiles take some arguments and just execute other application based on those arguments . To keep it simple, we created some shortcuts for our customers which they just need to click in order to get everything running.

The question here is: How can we pin those shortcuts or batch files to the taskbar?

(The customers aren't supposed to access the file system and that's why they can only see the taskbar)

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  1. Create a shortcut to your batch file.
  2. Get into shortcut property and change target to something like: cmd.exe /C "path-to-your-batch".
  3. Simply drag your new shortcut to the taskbar. It should now be pinnable.
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Such a simple solution. Strange that pinning of direct shortcuts to batch files is not supported. –  Steve Crane Feb 7 '11 at 8:16
    
This should be marked as "Answer"... –  noocyte May 6 '11 at 8:34
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Thanks, this also works for Windows 8 –  jao Aug 21 '12 at 17:16
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And if your annoyed that a cmd window pops up every time you use the shortcut, after pinning, you can open the shortcut at C:\Users\<User name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar and change the target path back to path-to-your-batch –  apple16 Nov 1 '12 at 22:53
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The names and icons stick after you pin the item, so it is good to also perform step 2.5: Change the name and icon of the shortcut. –  JohnEye Apr 5 '13 at 13:49

This thread nearly answers my problem, another thread worth reading that solves these issues in a different way is here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/a44e74a1-20cd-4924-8f2b-3e6b688f1ad7/

I was able to add a batchfile to the taskbar by the following steps:

  1. Renaming your .cmd/.bat to to .exe
  2. Right clicking on the *.exe and choose pin to taskbar
  3. Renaming it back to .cmd/.bat
  4. Shift+right clicking the taskbar icon (for the exe) and choose properties
  5. Changing the reference from *.exe to .cmd/.bat and change icon as needed

It starts working right away but the icon refresh needs a reboot.

I have an additional question though: how do you get a pinned taskbar batch file accepting another file as a parameter? It works when pinned onto the startbar, or just in the folder, but I can't get it working like it did on XP.

This is the functionality I'm talking about:

Drag and drop a file on the bat icon. The bat will receive the file name of the dropped file as %1 and vbscript will receive it as WScript.Arguments(0).

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+1. I liked that this works without creating extra files. –  Vlueboy Sep 25 '12 at 11:51
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+1 No need to have a separate shortcut to the batch. And you don't actually need to reboot, you can just kill off explorer.exe and re-run it from task manager for the icon to refresh. –  stylez Sep 29 '12 at 16:53

The folder for the Windows 7 taskbar is located at:

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

The Start Menu folder is:

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu

You can create a shortcut there and upon logging off and back on, it should appear.

Hope this helps.... There are other things I should caution you about, for example, they can right click and edit the batch file - so, you may want to look at NTFS permissions for locking down the file.

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This approach didn't work with shortcuts.. –  Shaharyar Jan 25 '10 at 12:36
    
Also tried adding a new shortcut here, and it did not show up in the taskbar after restarting explorer.exe. –  eidylon May 24 '10 at 14:38

Yes this is an annoying "feature" of the windows 7 taskbar. I built a simple application that runs batch files which you can pin to your taskbar and pin batch files to it. It gets the job done. Download it for free -> http://johnastevens.com/helpTopics.aspx#batchapp

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Works like a charm. The only thing missing is that when you just click RunBatch it does nothing, it would be nice if it opens the command prompt. –  Jochen Jan 5 '11 at 14:35
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Thanks for taking the effort to write and make this available but it seems a bit of an over the top approach when the solution given by Kamil Klimek is so simple. –  Steve Crane Feb 7 '11 at 8:15

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