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Technical tip #41, May 6, 2002, How to put an icon back on the Start Bar.
This tip is also in
response to a request: "How do I put icons back on the Start
And, again, let me start with "Al's theory" about why your icon is gone from the Start Bar in the first place. Although Windows 95+ (98, 2000, XP) has brought many nice innovations one unfortunate "defect" is that a left click and drag moves files, folders and icons rather than copying them. So if you drag an icon from the Start Bar to, say, the Desktop it is moved, not copied. There may be, somewhere deep in the innards of Windows, a way to change this I just donít know of it. So, in the future, if you wish to copy, right click and drag. When you release the mouse button you will be asked if you want to a) move it there, b) copy it there or c) create a shortcut there. The right answer is usually "c".
Okay, now you know how you got it wrong, how do you set it right? As always there are at least three ways, the formal way, the cut and paste way and the drag and drop way.
The Formal Way
START>>SETTINGS>>TASKBAR AND START MENU.
That will open a dialog box like this:
you then select START MENU PROGRAMS and ADD you will see:
all you have to do is type in the "fully qualified" command line
(by this I mean "C:\Program Files\Ö" and so forth) or browse
to the program's icon. The
problem of course is that usually you have no idea where the programs icon
is. If the icon still exists,
as in you dragged it onto the Desktop, you are okay.
If it is gone, you may have to reinstall the program before you can
put it back on the Start Bar (and the reinstall will usually do that for
you). It is always wise to
remove programs before reinstalling them.
And it is always wise to backup your data before removing.
Most programmers these days no longer assume you want to delete the
folders and all the data in them when removing but trusting programmers is
a tear-stained path fraught with dangers.
the icon still exists, right click it and a pop up menu will appear
with the item Properties on it. Click
that and in the dialog box that appears look at TARGET.
There is the fully qualified location of the program that will be
started by clicking that icon. If
you've been reading your tips you will notice that that name is highlighted. So you can do a CTL+C (copy), ALT+TAB (flip back to your
Create Shortcut dialog box) and CTL+V (paste) the location in the Command
Line box and click Next. You
will then see this box:
this depends on the icon still existing somewhere.
If it does, then right click and select COPY.
Now go to the START button and right click it and select
OPEN from the menu that appears. You
will see an Explorer-like folder that shows all the things on your Start
Menu. Generally you can now right
click Programs and select Paste from the pop up menu and the icon is now
back on the Start Bar. You
may want to select a folder within Programs.
Double click it and then select the folder and paste into it.
To do this, right click START and select open. Open the folder (usually PROGRAMS) that you want to re-create the shortcut in ("in which you wish to re-create the shortcut" for you language purists). Arrange the Window so you can drag the icon from where it exists (Desktop, say) and right click and drag it into the folder (e.g., Programs). Once again, when you release the mouse button you will be offered the choice of move, copy or create shortcut with create shortcut being the optimal. If you are not offered the choice it means you have left clicked and done a move. Now you will have to re-create the shortcut on the from end. You should be good at that now.
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