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Create a Custom Pinned Program List in Windows 7 and Deploy by GPO

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I have a Windows 7 domain with 60+ computers.  The office has a small collection (< 10) of programs, URLs, and folders that all computers need quick access to.  I've already created universal shortcuts to all the items.

I'd like to use GPO to deploy a pinned taskbar item that, when clicked, displays a "jump list" containing their collection of frequently used items.  I've been able to do this with 3rd party programs, but not it's just a clunky solution.

Any thoughts on how to do this using native Win 7 / GPO ??   Thanks!
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Question by:Brian Elias
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Windows 7 jumplists are programmatic via an API, and therefore will require 3rd party or custom-built programming. No simple GPO solution.
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by:Brian Elias
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OK - maybe the term "jump list" is too specific for what happens when you right-click on a program.

How about pinning a folder to the task bar, and showing it's contents in a menu above the folder when clicked?  Would that still be a jump list?
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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That is a jumplist. But even that behavior is programmatic. Windows explorer is a program (explore.exe) and its jumplist behavior is hard-coded just in the way I said above. Pinning a folder is actually pinning a reference to explore.exe so ...yeah.
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by:Brian Elias
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OK - thank you Cliff.
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