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For example, I have a password protected .ODT file that I use to manage login information. I would like to pin this file to the taskbar so I can click it to open the file in (or whatever my default application for .ODT files happens to be).

This is similar to another question, but the asker of that question appears to have wanted to pin the file to a jump list for a particular program, or at least that was the answer he accepted. I want to pin the file itself to the taskbar.

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You can't do it straight away, since dragging the file to the taskbar results in the associated program getting pinned to the taskbar, but the file is pinned to the jumplist.

What you can do is, once the program is pinned,right click on it, goto properties and append the file location in the target. Most programs should open the file provided as an argument. Have a look at the screenshot to make it more clear:

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Not exactly what I was looking for, but it doesn't appear that the exact feature I want exists in Windows. This is probably the best I'm going to get for now. Thanks. – Thomas Owens Jul 18 '10 at 15:38

From Pin Files, Folders, and Favorites to the Taskbar in Windows 7 beta 1

when you drag a file onto the Taskbar, you are given the option to pin the file to its associated application. So if you drag a Word document onto the Taskbar, you get the option to “Pin to Word”. If the application is already pinned to your Taskbar, the file is pinned to it and will appear in the app’s right-click menu. And no worries if the application isn’t already pinned to the Taskbar, that step is done automatically and the file pinned to the app.

I imagine that for this to work, .ODT must be already registered as handled by the correct word processor.

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ODT is registered, at least on my computer. That's good to note, though. – Thomas Owens Jul 18 '10 at 15:35

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