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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
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
Worked perfectly! I couldn't copy the app locally because it gets built on a network drive fairly often. I was able to change the path, change the program name, and change the icon. –  Khan Nov 6 '14 at 21:14

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
  1. Make a shortcut to run the program including parameters if reqired. For the purpose of this I’ll call the target Q:\mynetwork\thisprogram.exe

  2. Edit the properties of the shortcut by adding C:\Windows\explorer.exe at the front of the target Eg. C:\windows\explorer.exe Q:\mynetwork\thisprogram.exe

  3. The shortcut changes and gives a folder as an icon – change it back to the program icon by using the Properties>change icon button and browsing to the network program

  4. Run the shortcut to make sure it works.

  5. Right click on the shortcut - it gives the pin to taksbar option

  6. Delete the original shortcut

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