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I'm a apple kind of guy, but currently trying to use Windows 8 for the VFX class. Anyone know how to insert a AMP Launch shortcut icon in the toolbar or on the desktop? Right click doesn't work for some obscure windows reasons.

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The problems with Windows is that by default it only allows shortcuts to .exe files to be pinned directly to the taskbar. This means that programs such as AMP which use a different file extension only get pinned under the explorer section of the taskbar which isn't really that handy.

Luckily there is a simple way to trick Windows into working the way we want it to. What you'll need to do is:

  • Create a new shortcut on the desktop. You can do this by right clicking on the desktop and going to "New > Shortcut"
  • Browse for the location of AMP or paste it into the box. By default the location of the programs are
    • For AMP C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AMP Client Tools\AMP Content Navigator.lnk
    • For Maya with AMP C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AMP Client Tools\Launch Maya with AMP Client Tools.lnk
  • Before hitting Next, type in "explorer " before the file location.
  • Click Next and finish up the shortcut by giving it a name.

What this does is trick Windows into thinking that the new shortcut is actually a link to a .exe program which will now allow you to pin the new shortcut to the taskbar. If you want to keep your desktop clean, move the new shortcut into one of the Windows folders, such as Favorites, before pinning it to the taskbar.

To quickly create the shortcuts, just copy and paste the following into the locations section when creating a shortcut, then hit Next.

  • explorer C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AMP Client Tools\AMP Content Navigator.lnk
  • explorer C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\AMP Client Tools\Launch Maya with AMP Client Tools.lnk
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