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If I have an application open on the taskbar in windows 7 whats the easiest way of creating a shortcut to that application?

I know that on the desktop you can do Create shortcut and then browse to the application but this seems long winded. Is there a quicker way when I have the app running already?

EDIT: Please note I am trying to create a shortcut somewhere OTHER than the taskbar. e.g. in the start up folder or on the desktop etc.

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It's not supported by the taskbar API and it won't be possible without 3rd party support.

I tried CTRL+dragging a taskbar program and even tried dragging the right-click shortcut to no avail

But I'm sure John T will come to this topic and post some awesome AutoHotKey script that will create a shortcut to the app which Windows is focused on.

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As you are already running the program, simply right click on the icon in the task bar and select "Pin this program to taskbar".

Obviously, this doesn't answer the edited question!

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2 Seconds. Two bloody seconds. I should maul you. – BinaryMisfit Jan 22 '10 at 10:50
@Diago - Post before, to distract them with the "a new answer has been posted" notification, then edit while they are busy checking! – Gnoupi Jan 22 '10 at 10:51
Darn, I was looking for a dupe before answering... You fastest gun in the west – Ivo Flipse Jan 22 '10 at 10:51
Thanks chaps but I am trying to create a shortcut somewhere OTHER than the taskbar. – Si Keep Jan 22 '10 at 11:02
@Ivo Your stepping on thin ice. – BinaryMisfit Jan 22 '10 at 11:44

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