We'll see how to pin on the taskbar every shortcuts a network admin, including Network Connections. It works for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
How to pin the command line, advanced firewall, computer management and task manager to the taskbar
Most of the usefull shortcuts are easy to pin to the taskbar : We just have to find them in the start submenus, right click, and choose : ' Pin to Taskbar '. We can do this for the command line, the advanced firewall and the computer management :
To pin the task manager, just type taskmgr.exe in the search field, and right click the found result to pin it :
How to pin Network Connections on the taskbar
To pin the network connections is a little more complicated, but for a network admin, it's really worth the 2 minutes spent. Here is how :
. Create a folder in a safe place. I use Documents\Shortcuts\ but you might prefer C:\Shortcuts. So we create a Shortcuts folder
. Right click in this newly created Shortcuts folder and choose New Shortcut :
fill the new shortcut fields like this :
location : ncpa.cpl
name : Network Connections :
. right click on this newly created ' Network Connections ' shortcut and choose copy :
. Right click again in our newly created Shortcuts folder and choose New Shortcut :
fill the new shortcut field like this :
location : explorer.exe [CTRL+V] ( type 'explorer.exe '+ perform a paste here )
name : NC
. Personalise the NC shortcut icon if you will ( right click ) Properties ) Change Icon )
. Right click on this NC shortcut ) pin to taskbar :
Voila ! Network Connections one click away !
Here is my complete Windows Server setup :
Note that if you don't mind to have the network connections as a desktop shortcut, it's even easier : just right click a new shortcut on the desktop ( location : ncpa.cpl ).