On a Windows 7 box, I suddenly cannot pin documents to pinned taskbar applications. Any idea how to fix this?

What I've done to try to fix this:

  1. Rebooted
  2. Recreated all pinned taskbar applications

When I try to pin a document to an application that is pinned to the taskbar, nothing new appears when right-clicking on the pinned application.


The trick is to create the folder:

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent

Once this is done, Windows 7 will automatically create subfolders:

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

which are required to pin items to taskbar applications.

Note that Windows will not create %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent on its own. You have to create that folder manually, if it does not exist.

I hope this helps others.

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