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I have to view the Windows services often and would like to pin the "View Local Services" to the Windows 7 taskbar somehow. It doesn't work when I try to drag it from the start menu, nor can I drag a shortcut to it.

Is there another way to do this?

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Right-Click the Services icon under Start Menu->Administrative Tools, and select Pin to Taskbar from the dropdown menu.

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Perfect! This will be helpful for other things too. – Chris Dwyer Oct 1 '09 at 15:28
Indeed. Note also the Pin to Start Menu item on that drop menu. And also note you can do this to about any shortcut or executable. If you right-click an executable under Windows Explorer for instance, you can select any of these two options which will generate a shortcut for you and immediately pin it. – A Dwarf Oct 1 '09 at 15:34

In Administrative Tools you can right click the icon and pin it directly to the taskbar.


Right click on desktop -> New shortcut

point it to services.msc and pin to taskbar.

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This was different on my machine, which is Windows 8.1 Pro. Here's what I had to do to enable Administrative Tools to be shown in the metro Apps screen (as well as in the Windows search results):

  1. Go to the Start screen
  2. Open the Charms bar (WinKey + C is one way)
  3. Go to Settings -> Tiles
  4. Enable "Show Administrative Tools"
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