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I'd like to pin a document to the task bar in Windows 7. The document in question is a pre-set configuration for an application, and launches the application in the state defined within. I can pin the application to the taskbar, and then that document in its jump list; however, doing so isn't ideal. In that state, clicking the icon launches the program in its default state (which prompts for a configuration).

Is there any way to pin the document directly to the task bar, where clicking its icon opens the document with its default application?

EDIT: The application in question is Xming, an X server distribution for Windows.

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This technique assumes that the application in question can take the file as a parameter.

  1. Go to the program's folder
  2. Hold Alt and drag the program into empty space to create a shortcut.
  3. Now add the arguments from the Properties window.
  4. Drag it to the taskbar

Hope that's all.

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You're a life saver. It took a bit of research with the different command line switches (and starting from the wrong point), but you definitely pointed in the right direction. You should update your point 3 to read "Add the arguments -run <path to already-made .xlaunch file>. The path should be in quotes if it has spaces in it." – Andrew Scagnelli Nov 3 '09 at 19:27
@A. Scagnelli glad it worked! Yes in your case it would be using the -run <location> argument, but for e.g. in Google Chrome I use the -no-sandbox command. This is a more general instruction – Redandwhite Nov 3 '09 at 19:39

You can only pin Applications to the taskbar. Why can't you use the jumplist to launch the configuration?

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That's what I do now. The problem is that launching the configuration is more like launching the application, and my action is to just click instead of retrain myself for the one app. – Andrew Scagnelli Nov 3 '09 at 19:08

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