Windows – Programmatically customize windows 8

start-screentaskbarwindows 8

Could I make the Windows 8 Start menu behave more like the task-bar? The functionality I have in mind is to automatically pin running applications to the left most group, and also to create that group at start up.

I know that the most likely answer I will receive is just to change my workflow, but I like using full screen windows and this prevents the task bar from peeking.

This is a very general question but if someone could point me to some resources I would appreciate it very much.

I suppose an alternative solution would be allowing the task-bar to peek over full screen applications, or setting a hot key to pop up the task bar.

Are any of these options possible?

Best Answer

  • This may work but you will have to start the program from the Script and the icons will be on the right.

    script.bat

    script.vbs prog.exe link
    

    script.vbs

    prog = WScript.Arguments.Item(0)
    lk = WScript.Arguments.Item(1)
    Set oWS = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    sLinkFile = "%userprofile%"\start menu\programs\"+prog+".lnk"
    Set oLink = oWS.CreateShortcut(sLinkFile)
    
    oLink.TargetPath = lk
    oLink.Save