It’s fixed! Muchly appreciated. Akshay, it was an installed version of Firefox 4. Thank you for the well written resource. this is a bug in windows 7, win 8 doesnt have it. Update: Microsoft kept the feature alive in newer versions of its operating system including Windows 8 and windows 10. I am wondering the opposite – I have a pinned Icon on the task bar and I want it to open in a new window, this is how I like things to open. (I know that I can open multiple instances of an app by right clicking an already opened instance and selecting the app from the list, but thats not quite convenient.) I graduated from Emory University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Then navigate to the following key: In the right-hand pane, go ahead and right-click and then choose New – String Value (REG_SZ). Try to restart your computer and then try to pin a program to the taskbar. You should be able to find it using the start menu’s search option. I want it to have a separate launch, not open within the pinned icon. The “frequent” list and the “close all windows” options are gone. BTW, our IT guy is clueless about what’s wrong. If you used a program to remove shortcut arrows on your desktop icons, then the first thing you should try is to restore those shortcut arrows. Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005. Pinned items will never work properly with applications that use launchers (such as PortableApps’ suite of programs), but that’s a design issue and it’s unlikely to be fixed anytime soon. The solution is to find and remove the extra shortcut. Thanks! So how do I make a pinned icon on the task bar to open in a new window? You can check out this post on how to enable pinned programs. Note, however, that there are some programs that cannot be pinned to the taskbar. Thanks for the tip, worked well. Note, however, that there are some programs that cannot be pinned to the taskbar. A line appears under the icon to show that the pinned app is running. Both. Move the new pinned item to the location of the original item. This quick fix worked great for Thunderbird 8. A line appears under the icon to show that the pinned app is running. But in Windows 7, that same url, when dragging down to pin to the taskbar, Windows 7 does not let me. Windows 7 Forums is the largest help and support community, providing friendly help and advice for Microsoft Windows 7 Computers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. If you use Windows 7, right-click on the program executable and select to pin it to the taskbar. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix the problem, so you can again pin items to your Windows 7 taskbar! Can’t get it to work properly with this ‘trick’ with FF5. If you don’t have the InkFile registry value at all on your computer, then try some of the other methods below. Great descriptive typing powers. If not, let us know and we’ll try to help! Then something happened and now every time I start up chrome, the window opens up in the icon that was pinned. One of the nice features of Windows 7 is that the taskbar shows a nifty thumbnail preview of a window or group of windows when you hover over it. I am using Clover as an Explorer shell and it spawns a new icon every time you open it in a different way. If you use Windows 7, right-click on the program executable and select to pin it to the taskbar. You may have accidentally deleted something. Very helpful – worked for me with the Internet Explorer icon on Windows 10! Thanks for sharing – this solved a big headache for me! Fortier2010, I am having the same problem from a cleaned virus. If you use Windows 8 or newer, select the pin to taskbar option directly from the context menu. No more double ‘Outlook’ :). Missing Icons or Shortcuts on the Desktop or Taskbar in Windows Vista or Windows 7 As of April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers are no longer receiving new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.