How do I create on WIndows Server 2019 a GPO that adds notepad to the taskbar on all clients?

PatrickGobels 6 Reputation points


How do I create a GPO that adds notepad to the taskbar on all clients?

Do I create an XML-file like the following one:

<CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection PinListPlacement="Replace">



      <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%windir%\system32\notepad.exe"/>

      <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe"/>




Or do I export registry entries?

I tried to resolve this for hours and it is driving me crazy!

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    You can follow along here.

    --please don't forget to upvote and Accept as answer if the reply is helpful--

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  2. PatrickGobels 6 Reputation points

    I've already tried this.

    I am able to add normal desktop shortcuts, but no taskbar icons.

    Moreover, on Windows Server 2019 there is no setting called "Start Layout" in the section User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar

    Is there a workaround?

    Thank you!

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