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A tool that we can place (or pin) a menu-list instead of an apps in Windows 10 task-bar

We are looking for a way we can pin a list of apps or a group of apps under one "pin" in the taskbar  (pix below show example of "x" pinned  displaying the apps desired to be at hand).

pin menu like option
Can the lates windows version upgrade installed do that or maybe a tool?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can do three things.  I do all three;

1. Group Apps in the Start Menu . That is as easy as the task bar.

2. Turn on the Desktop Toolbar. Right clock on the taskbar, toolbars and select Desktop. Now everything on the Desktop is a fly out from the icon.

3. Add All programs to the taskbar.

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

I use this all the time. I would never be without it.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Don't understand, but are you saying  that you can do as the image I placed?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You said you wanted a menu list and both the methods 2 and 3 do that. Right click on the taskbar to set up the Desktop Toolbar and then use it (Up Arrow in the Taskbar on the right side).  Try it out. It gives you the menu list you want.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
This expert suggested creating a Gigs project.
You cannot do that by default. If you cannot find an application, you can post a gig on EE
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I'm in the very early stages of a custom-developed tool that has a context menu that looks like this when you right-click its icon (the gold star) on the taskbar:

TaskbarMenuList
I don't know if I'll continue its development, but figured I would toss it out there to see what folks think. Regards, Joe
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Yes! Something like that!

What is "post a gig on EE"?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A Gig is something you engage another member to build or create something for you and you pay them (Pay Pal) for their time and effort.

You can wait for something like this or Joe's custom developed product.

You can also use the Desktop Menu (built into Windows and never needs upgrading).  Note in the screen shot below  "Misc. Programs" highlighted. This has several programs in it. Click on it and it flies out just like the Desktop Menu. So 2 clicks instead of 1. It works very effectively and addresses what your words say (but maybe not your thoughts).

Windows-10-Desktop-Menu
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Johns approach has some limitations: You can only display it at the rightmost of the taskbar, immediately left from the systray, you can't set up an icon, and it doesn't work exactly as you described.
With W7 and prior you could use 7stacks (http://alastria.com/software/7stacks/), but I don't know whether it works with W10 too. Probably not, as much has changed in the UI ....
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
True as you say, but when the "limitations" are so slight that they fade into oblivion, then I am not hampered or slowed down in any way.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
John, we used your recommendation and created a new folder and placed the apps we want access (though its not like Qlemo says, but will  do for now).

Qlemo I was looking for the name and that is the apps we used to use back in w7.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help. I know visually that was not precisely what you wanted but it does work well for me.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> Yes! Something like that!

Glad to hear it. I'm calling the program TaskbarLauncher. Latest mock-up looks like this:

TaskbarLauncher context menu example
> What is "post a gig on EE"?

Explained here:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/gigs/

Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I realize that this question is already closed, but for anyone who is interested, I wrote the program — was a fun, little project! Decided to rename it TrayLaunch, since it sits in the system tray, not on the taskbar. The Quick Start Guide is attached — feedback on it, especially suggestions for improvements, gladly accepted. Regards, Joe
TrayLaunch_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
The windows built-in Toolbars >> New Toolbar works great for me where we can create direct apps links and folder and sub-folder to any level we want and have a direct apps link there also.

That said, I read your PDF and didn't find if folder and sub-folder with apps links within it can be created.

(just a thought)
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
It doesn't support folders/subfolders. It provides just a simple list of shortcuts that is always available in the system tray for two-click access (a right-click then a left-click) to your fav/most-used apps, without taking up pin space on the taskbar. Adding support for folders/subfolders could certainly be done, but it would introduce a degree of complexity beyond which I had been thinking — my initial thought going into the project was to keep it very simple. For folders/subfolders, I'd go with a program group hanging off the Start button.

But thanks for the thought! Regards, Joe
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Ok
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
For anyone still interested in this thread, there is now V1.2 of TrayLaunch (the previously posted Quick Start Guide was for V1.1). V1.2 has the following enhancements that were requested by beta users:

(1) Multiple instances of the app with different color stars in the system tray. One user said that he wants a way to organize the shortcuts by usage areas, such as a launch list for all his favorite Word docs, another one for his fav Excel files, another for his PDF files, one for just the apps themselves with no specific file being opened, etc. He thinks that a color scheme will be easy to remember: gold for one group, blue for another, etc. I don't know what a good number would be...didn't want too many...or too few. Decided on five: gold, red, green, blue, purple. So the system tray could look like this (each color star with its own launch list):

TrayLaunch system tray
(2) Another beta user wants to be able to specify the icon for any app in the launch list. V1.2 adds an optional third parameter to each line in the configuration file, allowing specification of a file that contains the icon for the app. Here's an example of such a line:

Travel Checklist,c:\docs\travel trip checklist.docx,c:\MyIcons\GreenCheckmark.ico

Regards, Joe
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