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How do I pin a custom Access database shortcut to the Windows 7 taskbar?


When you pin a shortcut for an Access database to the Windows 7 taskbar, you might notice that Windows adds the shortcut to the jump list for the Access program icon. What if you want to have your custom shortcut be its own separate item in the Windows 7 taskbar? Just follow these steps below:


1. Right-click on your Windows 7 desktop, select New, and then click Shortcut, as seen in the following screenshot.



2. In the location path, you need to enter the full path to the MSACCESS.exe file on your local hard drive, followed by a space, and then the full path to your database that you want to make a shortcut to. Make sure you include both parts in double quotes. For my example, I used this:


"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\MSACCESS.EXE" "C:\Microsoft Press\Access 2010 Inside Out\BOSS.accdb"


Here's an example screenshot. Click Next when you have this step completed.



3. Now enter a name for your custom shortcut. For my example, I used my BOSS application title, as shown in the screenshot below.

Click Finish when completed.



4. You should now have a custom shortcut that opens your database. You can optionally assign your own custom icon to the shortcut by right-clicking the shortcut, clicking Properties, and then clicking Change Icon.


Once you have your completed desktop shortcut, drag it down onto the Windows 7 taskbar until you see the words Pin To Taskbar, as shown in the screenshot below.



5. When you click your custom pinned taskbar icon, your database opens up, as seen in the example screenshot below.



See more tips and tricks like this in my book: Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out



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