Can't pin icons to taskbar. Other suggestions not working.

 Right clicking on programs in start menu doesn't give the "pin to taskbar" option.  Nor does right clicking on running icons.  Can't drag icons to taskbar.  I had some and they went away...then after a couple reboots they came back...now I'm back to can't pin to taskbar.  Running Windows 7 Home Premium, 32bit. 
 

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Last updated May 18, 2019 Views 101,669 Applies to:
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HI 

The error may happens because of missing registry value data for lnkfile registry key, which defines the behavior of all shortcut or.lnk files on the system. The registry value data in question, IsShortcut, can be accidentally deleted when user tries to hide and remove the arrow overlay icon on shortcuts. 
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To resolve the missing or lost “Open file location” entry, the IsShortcut registry value and the file associations for shortcuts has to be fixed.
  • Run Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
  • Navigate to the following registry key:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
  • Right click on the right pane, and select New -> String Value (REG_SZ) to create a new registry value.
  • Name the new registry value as IsShortcut . No value data required.
  • Restart the computer.
If you already delete and other registry keys to remove shortcut arrows you must to do the same for all of them...
check the issue.

if persists
Try system restore from control panel option and try pinning to task bar.
if you have trouble with modifying Registry, search a third party tool with your search provider which can restore your shortcut arrow of your desktop icons. 

i hope the problem will resolve soon.

Best regards
Nikhil

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