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If I launch an application from my local drive, I can right click on the icon in the task bar and it gives me an option to pin to the taskbar. But an application launched from a network drive does not give me that option.

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Pin a local application to the taskbar (eg: Calculator). Right-click it, change the path and start in to the required values. It should work.

(Note: I haven't tried this yet,as I'm not at my laptop but it should work )

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I would have said the same thing –  Joe Taylor Apr 9 '10 at 22:14
    
When I right-click the local app icon in the task bar, it does not give me a "properties" item or any way to see the path. –  user33768 Apr 9 '10 at 22:18
    
To get the "properties" item, you have to right-click twice. The first one is on the icon in the taskbar. The second one is on the icon in the context menu that shows. –  Chris Dwyer Apr 9 '10 at 22:23
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Also, this approach will work, even though it will display another icon in the taskbar when your network app is actually running. –  Chris Dwyer Apr 9 '10 at 22:23
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To get the correct icon to display you can do the following:

  • Copy the application file locally
  • Make a shortcut to the local version of the application
  • Drag the shortcut to the task bar to pin it
  • Right click, right click to modify the path to the network location
  • Delete the local application and shortcut file you created
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+1, Excellent complement! –  SRKX Feb 6 '13 at 11:08
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