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kiwichick
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Google Chrome duplicate taskbar icon

Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't see any way to search the forum to find previous posts.

When Google Chrome is pinned to the taskbar why does it create a second taskbar icon when opened? Is there any way to prevent this happening? I tried using "Pin to taskbar" via the PortableApps Platform but it didn't work.

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Changed IDs, Manual Workaround

Looks like Chrome changed their app id setup and it no longer works. Windows doesn't understand pinning multiple EXE apps, so it needs to be custom created by the PA.c Platform using Chrome's Windows App ID when it runs. Chrome changed it. And it looks like it is a hash of some sort I'd need to figure out. Or a random ID that I can not determine.

EDIT: It appears that Chrome has a unique BaseAppID for each PC it runs on. It does not change as the path does. And it doesn't appear there is a way to manually set it as you can with Firefox and Thunderbird. So, it's not compatible with the current implementation of pinning to taskbar.

MANUAL METHOD: You can pin it to the taskbar with some manual work. You'll need to do this once per PC. Grab a copy of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and install it. Then run your copy of Google Chrome Portable that you want to pin. Open 7+ and open the Taskbar Inspector. You can scroll and find the AppID for Chrome in there, something like "Chrome.ZQNWJZRJIK3UCX77OAOZ4G6E.profile.Default". Explore to the GoogleChromePortable\App\AppInfo directory and open appinfo.ini. Adjust the BaseAppID towards the bottom to match your PC's specific Chrome AppID and save the file. Now open the PA.c Platform and refresh it (F5) to ensure it gets the updated AppID. You can now right-click and select Pin To Taskbar and it should work.

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Thanks!

Thank you so much, John, that worked Biggrin

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