Pin to taskbar a shortcut to \\server\dir\app.exe

I have an application that I refer through \\server\dir\app.exe , and that has default directory \\server\dir

I make a shortcut to it, and save it on the desktop.

When I right-click on this icon, I don't see any option for "pin to taskbar" or "pin to start menu". When I click on other icons, I see these options.

On Windows XP and Vista, I was able to add this shortcut to the quick start bar.

Is there a way to pin to taskbar a shortcut to an application on \\server\dir\app.exe? I really wouldn't like to define a drive letter.


Hello TheCarlitto,

You can overcome this issue by mapping the network drive. To set this up the most efficient way, look below.

Map network drive

 - On the client, open Windows Explorer and navigate to \\server > right-click on \directory and select Map network drive

 - Select a drive letter > select Finish

Pin calculator to TaskBar 

 - Click start > All Programs > Accessories > right-click calculator > select Pin to TaskBar

* These next steps are all completed from the TaskBar folder

 - Open Windows Explorer and navigate to: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Change the application target location

Locate the pinned program (calculator) in this folder.

 - Right-click the program > select Properties

 - Under the shortcut tab locate Target > In Target change location to application location using the mapped drive letter.

 - Click Apply

Change the Icon

 - Right-click the program > select Properties

 - Select Change Icon

 - Select Icon

 - Click OK


 - Right-click the program > select Rename

 - Type name of application

 - Click OK

Hope this helps

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Last updated December 2, 2020 Views 19,112 Applies to: