Google Chrome pinned to Windows 7 taskbar not opening under pinned icon

  • Chris Bye

    I have both Google Chrome and Eclipse pinned to my taskbar in Windows 7 64-Bit. However, when I launch these programs, they don't appear to open under the pinned taskbar icon

    Launching a chrome window looks like this

    Eclipse behaves similarly. The Eclipse launcher/workspace selector is under the pinned icon, but once the IDE opens, it moves from the pinned icon, to a new group at the end of the taskbar.

    Unpinning/repinning doesn't seem to do the trick. It's bothersome to have taskbar space wasted on both the launcher icon, and the window button.

    Anybody have an idea how to get normal behavior out of the taskbar?

  • Answers
  • Oliver Salzburg

    The problem is that the pinned application actually starts another process (which is not pinned). This often happens with applications that spawn a 64bit version of itself after they were started.

    Sometimes it helps to unpin the application you have on your task bar, right-click the new task and select "Pin this program to task bar".

    FYI: There's a bug report for Chrome on exactly this issue. When I looked into this issue myself a couple of months ago, it seemed like it is generally an application issue (not a general Windows issue). So for every application I use that has this problem, there are usually bug reports about it (FileZilla, Eclipse, ...).

  • Community

    To solve this issue do the following:

    1. Start Google Chrome (this creates a new taskbar icon);
    2. Right click on the new icon and select "Pin this program to taskbar";
    3. Go to: %APPDATA%\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar;
    4. You will see the two pinned Google Chrome.lnk here. Delete the Google Chrome.lnk and make Google Chrome (1).lnk readonly (Right Click -> Properties -> General tab -> tick Read-only -> Click OK);
  • Oliver Salzburg

    From the Chrome bug reports that I've found working in 19.x is to remove the User Data folder from


    When you restart Chrome and pin it, Chrome will then behave and report multiple windows opened under the pinned icon once again.

  • RHPT

    There's a solution listed on the Chromium issues site that seems to be "correct" fix. (Note that the issue asked here has been filed as Bug 91650). It looks like the root cause is that Chrome thinks you have more than one profiles, and you are not using the "Default" profile. The fix is to modify a file in the Chrome directory and remove references to any other profile.

  • surfasb

    Another solution is to try the 7 Taskbar Tweaker.

    It will allow user defined application grouping.

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  • Humphrey

    I love the idea behind Google Chromes Application Shortcuts, but they don't integrate well for me into the Windows 7 taskbar. Ideally, I'd like to be able to have my most used webpages (gmail, calendar, etc) as separate windows, pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar.

    I've created some application shortcuts on my desktop, but I've come across the following problems.

    • If I open my gmail application shortcut, and then later on open a normal chrome window the new window will also use the gmail icon in the taskbar, even if that window has nothing to do with gmail. (What's weirder, is that this new window then uses a high-res gmail icon, but my actually application shortcut window uses a low-res icon.

    • If I pin the application shortcut to the taskbar, then the icon turns into the regular chrome icon.

    Any idea's how to fix these issues? Or are they bugs in google chrome?

    Chrome version:

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