Pin and unpin applications from the taskbar and Start-menu

PowerShell-module with the ability to pin and unpin programs from the taskbar and the Start-menu in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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  • Unable to pin file explorer
    1 Posts | Last post January 15, 2015
    • Hi, Amazing script. 
      Having some problems when i want to add the file explorer link.
      Set-PinnedApplication -Action PinToTaskbar -FilePath "\\npcloud\tsasp\HorizonStartMenuASP\Programs\File Explorer.lnk" 
      I am getting an error on line 65, char 13 on the orignal script. 
      Error: Verb Pin to Taskbar not found.
      At line:65 char:13
      +             throw "Verb $verb not found."
      +             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          + CategoryInfo          : OperationStopped: (Verb Pin to Taskbar not found.:String) [], RuntimeException
          + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Verb Pin to Taskbar not found.
      Thanks for help
  • Request for Small Change
    1 Posts | Last post September 18, 2014
    • Jan,
      Amazing script! I really like. I find myself forgetting which actions are available so I made a small modification to 1 line to ensure greater success. 
      Hope this helps!
  • How to pin(Upin) EXE file to Metro UI on Win8?
    2 Posts | Last post May 29, 2014
    • Hello,
      The scripts can work on Win7.But I want to use it on Win8.On Win8 Pin to taskbar can work correctly,but pin to start menu has error.
      By the way,On Win8,how can i pin(Upin) a EXE file on start screen(Metro) UI?
      Any suggestions?
      Best Regards
    • Hello All
      Can some one check this script and tell me why it is not working on Windows 7. I used a Windows 8 PC to do the script and test it and it work properly. The script basically unpin the Mozilla Firefox from task bar for all users. 
      Sub ShowFolderList(folderspec)
          on error resume next
      	Dim fs, f, f1, fc, s
      	Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application") 
              Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
      	Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
      	Set f = fs.GetFolder(folderspec)
      	Set fc = f.SubFolders
      	For Each f1 in fc
             REM wscript.echo "Here is all the sub folders : " & 
      		strFileName = objFSO.GetFileName(f1)
             REM wscript.echo "value of strFileName is : = " & strFileName
      		Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace("C:\Users\" & strFileName & "\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar")
      Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Mozilla Firefox.lnk") 
      Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
      For Each objVerb in colVerbs 
         If Replace(, "&", "") = "Unpin from Taskbar" Then 
         REM wscript.echo " Unpin successfully for user : = " & strFileName
         REM wscript.echo " There is nothing to Unpin for user : = " & strFileName
         end if 
      End Sub
      showfolderlist "C:\Users"
  • Trying to run on Windows 8.1
    1 Posts | Last post May 15, 2014
    • Wow this is a great script! I would really like to use it on Windows 8. But each time I do I get the following error:
      PS C:\> Set-PinnedApplication -Action UnPinFromStartMenu -FilePath “C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe”
      Exception calling “DoIt” with “0″ argument(s): “The parameter is incorrect. (Exception from HRESULT: 0×80070057
      At C:\PinnedApplication.psm1:67 char:13
      + $itemVerb.DoIt()
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ComMethodTargetInvocation
      This happens whether I’m calling the UnPinFromStartMenu OR PinToStartMenu actions…
      Anybody have any ideas how to get it to run on Windows 8?
  • I can't get it to work in a logon script
    1 Posts | Last post November 11, 2013
    • Hi Jan,
      I've tested the PS script on a W7 64 bit workstation and it works like a charm.
      But now I'm trying to get this script to work by using a GPO with a logon script calling this module. And I cannot get it to work.
      I am using a Windows Server 2008R2 domain controller and a W7 64 bit workstation for the test.
      This is what I have done:
      1. I have put the PinnedApplications.psm1 file on the domain controller
      2. I use the powershell tab for the logon script and filled it with the following parameters:
      Script name: PinnedApplications.psm1
      Script parameters: Set-PinnedApplication -Action PinToStartMenu -FilePath "C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe"
      What am I doing wrong?
      Best regards,
  • Verb missing Windows Server 2012 R2
    1 Posts | Last post November 01, 2013
    • I also can not access the verbs via powershell. It is available via the gui but not via code. Does anyone have a work around
      Run as &administrator
      Pin to Tas&kbar
      Restore previous &versions
      Create &shortcut
  • Pin To Start verb missing in 8.1 / Server 2012 R2
    1 Posts | Last post October 23, 2013
    • What I see is that the Verb "Pin To start" is missing when you programmatically retrieve them from the shortcut object.
      Where if you right click, it is available in the context menu.
      So, something changed, the question is:  "where did it go?"
  • Unpinnable Programs
    1 Posts | Last post October 15, 2013
    • If you are getting "Verb [...] not found.", make sure you can pin it manually through the context menu. If it is missing the entries, it might be due to the filename containing anything from the registry key "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileAssociation\AddRemoveNames". For example, a file called "helpdesk.exe" cannot be pinned because the name contains "help".
      Apparently this was introduced to reduce unwanted links from showing up in the frequently used list:
      If you don't care about that, removing entries from the registry key works (after the next logon). Otherwise you'll have to rename the executable.
  • Name of the pinned Application
    1 Posts | Last post September 27, 2013
    • First of all, great module.
      I want to use it to replace the current VBS script that I'm using.
      It works so far but the applications that are pinned have the text (Desktop) added to the name.
      Why is this added?
      Is there a way to prevent this?
  • pin exe from network share
    1 Posts | Last post July 19, 2013
    • Can I pin an exe (from a network share) to start menu?
      Set-PinnedAppli​cation-Action PinToStartMenu -Fi​lePath "\\server1\share1$\file.exe"
      I tried the above but I got:
      +             throw <<<<  "Verb $verb not found."
      but I could pin the same exe when I copy it to local:
      Set-PinnedAppli​cation-Action PinToStartMenu -Fi​lePath "c:\temp\file.exe"
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