Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Note: Since the superuser is also a wiki, here is the solution to a problem i had. Others will have the same problem too.

"I cannot pin an application to the taskbar in Windows 7."

share|improve this question
This is really a bizarre design decision! Thanks for the info. Does editing the registry key work without breaking anything? – Shinrai Sep 30 '10 at 14:16
Can you please edit the question so that it remains a question and post answer ? Also, CW was not really needed :) – Sathya Sep 30 '10 at 14:32
@Shinrai i don't know, i assume so. But having your install program mess with the Windows settings, which is also the user's preferences, is a bad thing. i know why it was done; the pinned list and the recently used list of the start menu are very much linked (for now). And they didn't want help files and uninstallers to get onto the MRU list. – Ian Boyd Sep 30 '10 at 22:59
@Sathya Reformed as question with answer. What's "CW"? – Ian Boyd Sep 30 '10 at 23:00
@Ian Thanks. CW == Community Wiki. generally Community wiki is used to mark for those questions which have no definite answer - but since this question has a definite answer, marking it as Community Wiki was not really needed. But anyways, thanks for sharing! – Sathya Oct 1 '10 at 1:47
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You cannot pin an application or shortcut to the taskbar if it contains any of the reserved words:

  • Documentation
  • Help
  • Install
  • More Info
  • Readme
  • Read me
  • Read First
  • Setup
  • Support
  • What's New
  • Remove

This list is stored in the registry:


AddRemoveNames  REG_SZ  Documentation;Help;Install;More Info;Readme;Read me;Read First;Setup;Support;What's New;Remove

In my case i could not pin our bug tracking application HelpDesk to the taskbar.
So i renamed my shortcut to HalpDesk.

alt text

See also

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.