@techidave & Stoic Joker:
This has really been puzzling me, and now it appears maybe we have an answer, but I'm just wanting to be sure I understand it... ...so I'd like to summarize my understanding and then ask if you can verify for me.
First of all, it seems the answer was at least implied in Stoic Joker's
first post in the thread (although I wouldn't have known about redirected MyDocs folders when I first read it):
...the pin to start menu rules require that the item being pinned is (machine local... ...So if you want to pin something else you need to trick Windows into it. Start with an .exe target (that's on LM) to get the shortcut pinned, then edit the shortcut to point to (where/) what you really want. I've done this on Win7 to pin some apps that are in a network share to the start menu here at the office.
So I did wonder about documents on a network, and I have 2 computers networked here at home, but the motherboard of one failed recently, so I wasn't able to check my Ctrl+Shift+Right-Click solution with a document from my networked machine before my previous post. Since I couldn't try it here on my own system, I started to post a question last night about whether the document you, techidave
, were trying to Pin to the Start Menu was, by any chance, on a network drive... ...but I ran into another problem and it got too late before I finished the post.
Is your My Documents folder redirected to the server?
Yepper, that would be the culprit. Pin a shortcut to a local file first, then modify the shortcut to point to the remote target file.
1. Although I was going to ask about whether the document was on a network drive, I knew nothing about redirected folders until I read the above Stoic Joker
posts... ...but if I understand correctly, files in any redirected folder (e.g., MyDocs) are physically saved on the server ??? (and not at all on the local machine ???).
2. From my reading, I think I understand the technical differences between a redirected folder and a shared network drive/folder, but from Stoic Joker's
remarks, I'm thinking that, at least with respect to Pinning to the Start Menu
, a redirected folder would be functionally equivalent to a network drive ???
3. If so, then if my networked machine was functional and I was to try Pinning a document from my other machine to my Start Menu, my understanding is that I would encounter the same limitation techidave
has been describing ??? (with both documents and executables ???).
4. But if techidave
- a. create a shortcut to a local executable/document,
- b. pin the shortcut (NOT the executable/document) to the Start Menu, and
- c. then modify the shortcut to point to the desired executable/document on either a network drive or in a redirected folder,
...then we should be able to have a pinned shortcut to any executable or document in a redirected folder or shared network folder/drive.
I would appreciate it if either of you (techidave
or Stoic Joker
) would confirm whether my understanding is is correct... ...and if you, techidave
, try it out, would you please post back and verify that it worked for you? (I would just try it myself, but it may be a long time before I get another machine online on my home network, and I'd like to nail down my understanding while the issue is fresh in my mind).
Sorry to be so tediously detailed
, but I'm trying to be as clear as possible... ...so maybe you can just say, "yes, yes, no, yes."