My best regards go to the MS designers who decided that Admins shouldn't be allowed to administratively assign pinned items to the Windows 7 taskbar...
BUT - it's a feature I want to have...
I want to be able to assign 'quick launch' icons to different user groups, appropriate to their needs.
Does anyone know how this functionality can be achieved easily please?
Why not simply use shared desktops with shortcuts?
I'd like something a bit slicker than that - ideally, pinning things to the taskbar - so that the desktop can be clutter free.
I've found Appetizer online, so it's just a case of customising it by the looks of it?
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I do agree it's a missing feature. Microsoft should allow admins to re-direct the Taskbar under Folder Redirection.
Currently I have removed everything from the Taskbar, so at least users have a consistent look.
I believe that they don't provide an easy route for this because it would be abused by third party software that 'helpfully' populates your task with a set of icons you didn't want. I think you could manage these by copying them into the profile using some kind of scripting, but that's probably only useful for mandatory profiles. I've got some vbscript that will pin items to the start menu if they are present on the machine if that is any help. Using the start menu rather than the taskbar would be more in-line with what people are used to experiencing at home.