I’m a huge fan of the new-style Taskbar in Windows 7 and am regularly pinning apps to make them easier to access. The downside is that there are some things Microsoft prevents you from adding to the Taskbar though, but as you’d expect there are plenty of workarounds for that. One nice utility is the Windows 7 Taskbar Items Pinner that lets you do exactly what the name implies.
This app includes a bunch of predefined folders that can be added to the Taskbar with a single click, but it also lets you add custom items including folder paths, files/documents, and URLs. You can then specify a custom icon to be used for the pinned shortcut, and can even select another apps executable that has an icon embedded in it. It doesn’t stop there either… you can actually use images/icons directly from the Internet. As you can see in the screenshot above I put in the URL for our “favicon” image that is generally just used in your web browser. To get this to work in the secondary field (next to the address) you’ll need to make sure to put a “0” and you should be all set.
I wouldn’t say this is an extravagant app by any means, but I thought it was one of the better alternatives to accomplish this task because of the ability to pull images directly from the Internet and use them as icons. It can save an extra step, which is always welcomed.
Windows 7 Taskbar Items Pinner Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)