in search of ponies
January 21st, 2011 by rstrong
There is no official way to pin shortcuts programmatically to the Win7 taskbar and I completely understand why this ability wasn’t added. The issue I have with this is prior to Win7 Windows added the default browser to the start menu and with Win7 the only browser that is displayed in a prominent place by default is IE. So, at one time it was recognized that applications that are used often by most users should have a prominent place in the ui and now that no longer happens except for the OS manufacturer’s browser whether it is the default browser or not. Also, I know several Firefox users that haven’t pinned Firefox to the taskbar, use Firefox exclusively, and still have IE pinned to their taskbar… sure, I fix this for them but that isn’t a scalable solution. As far as I am concerned, the ability for the default browser and default mail client to automatically be pinned to the taskbar should have been added to Win7.
There are a couple of hacky ways to pin Firefox to the task bar and I will likely add this as an option to the installer after Firefox 4 has been released for the reasons stated above.
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Bug 621873 [Firefox] – Replace “Shortcut in Quick Launch bar” by “Pin to taskbar” when installing on Windows 7 [Windows 7]