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Kris Andrews
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I've been trying and failing to pin Notepad to a taskbar. When I open Notepad and right click the taskbar icon, the resulting shortcut opens the app with a modal that says "Cannot find the C:\SESSION:<random characters>.txt file. Do you want to create a new file?" with Yes/No options. If I click Yes, it proceeds as usual with a blank document.

No matter how I try to finagle the shortcut - even pasting the notepad.exe path straight into the text box - I can't get around it. The only way to avoid it is to run as administrator, which opens a blank document with no problem. However I still have to click a button in the popup that says "Do you want to allow this app to make changes..."
Via the Windows taskbar, I use the Notepad shortcut fairly frequently for one-click quick notes. I'd like to do the same thing with the DF taskbar, but the extra click is an annoying barrier.

What am I missing?

Edited to add: I'm using DF Pro 9.9 on Windows 11 Pro build 22000.1219
Mar 14, 2023 (modified Mar 15, 2023)  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Kris,

Could you send me a copy of your troubleshooting info? Here are the steps:
  • Open the Settings > Troubleshooting tab
  • Click the "Export Info to File" button
  • Reply with the file attached
Mar 15, 2023  • #2
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Kris Andrews
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Thanks, here's the file.
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Mar 15, 2023  • #3
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Kris,

Thanks for sending that over. Do you have DisplayFusion installed in the "Program Files" folder, or the "Program Files (x86)" folder? If not, it won't be able to auto-elevate when launching apps, I wonder if that's causing some issues here.

Thanks!
Mar 17, 2023  • #4
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Kris Andrews
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Hi Kris,

Thanks for sending that over. Do you have DisplayFusion installed in the "Program Files" folder, or the "Program Files (x86)" folder? If not, it won't be able to auto-elevate when launching apps, I wonder if that's causing some issues here.

Thanks!

It's installed in the (x86) folder. Do I need to reinstall and make sure it goes in the "Program Files" folder?
Mar 17, 2023  • #5
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lupus
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Probably has nothing to do with Taskbar but with DF and/or Windows 11. Same error message here. Tried to start Notepad via Custom Script like this one ( https://www.displayfusion.com/ScriptedFunctions/View/?ID=30cda61c-e948-450d-97e1-489e29c58a85 ) and also got the same error message.

DisplayFusion is installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion", I am using the Steam version if that matters. Running Beta 22
Mar 19, 2023  • #6
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@KrisAndrews Nope that should be fine, either Program Files folder works. Could you send me over a screenshot of the "Edit Shortcut" window in DisplayFusion with Notepad pinned?

@lupus Does it fail when launching from a pinned icon as well?
Mar 20, 2023  • #7
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Kris Andrews
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@KrisAndrews Nope that should be fine, either Program Files folder works. Could you send me over a screenshot of the "Edit Shortcut" window in DisplayFusion with Notepad pinned?

Here's the screenshot.
If it matters, for some reason I have two versions of Notepad, at "C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe" and one at "C:\Windows\notepad.exe". I've tried both, with the same result.
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Mar 20, 2023 (modified Mar 20, 2023)  • #8
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks for sending that over, I tested with those setting on my end and it seemed to work fine. Can you update to our latest beta and let me know if the issue persists? Here's the link: https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta/

You may need to re-pin the app to the taskbar after updating.
Mar 21, 2023  • #9
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JJack33
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Thanks for sending that over, I tested with those setting on my end and it seemed to work fine. Can you update to our latest beta and let me know if the issue persists? Here's the link: https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta/

You may need to re-pin the app to the taskbar after updating.


I get the same error with the latest beta.
Mar 21, 2023  • #10
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
If you head here and click "Get in Store app", does it say it's installed? https://apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/windows-notepad/9MSMLRH6LZF3?hl=en-us&gl=us
Mar 22, 2023  • #11
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JJack33
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If you head here and click "Get in Store app", does it say it's installed? https://apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/windows-notepad/9MSMLRH6LZF3?hl=en-us&gl=us


Yes I can only choose 'open' from the Windows Store. Notepad is installed. I use it a lot.
Mar 22, 2023  • #12
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Okay strange, are you manually selecting the notepad.exe path, or is that the default path when you pin notepad?

Now that Notepad is listed in the Windows Store, the path should be something like this: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_11.2302.16.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Notepad\Notepad.exe
Mar 23, 2023  • #13
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JJack33
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Okay strange, are you manually selecting the notepad.exe path, or is that the default path when you pin notepad?

Now that Notepad is listed in the Windows Store, the path should be something like this: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_11.2302.16.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Notepad\Notepad.exe


I am not selecting or pinning notepad.exe at all. I simply do this:

right-click taskbar -> multi-monitor taskbar -> shortcuts -> edit shortcuts -> add file -> select my .txt file
Mar 23, 2023  • #14
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Kris Andrews
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Thanks for sending that over, I tested with those setting on my end and it seemed to work fine. Can you update to our latest beta and let me know if the issue persists? Here's the link: https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta/
You may need to re-pin the app to the taskbar after updating.

I installed DF Pro 10.0 Beta 23. I'm no longer getting the SESSION popup. Many thanks!

For reference I'm attaching a screenshot of the edit modal for the shortcut after I re-pinned Notepad (by opening the app, right-clicking the taskbar icon and choosing "Pin this program"). Also, the installer failed unless I ran it as admin. Sounds like it might be relevant.
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Mar 23, 2023 (modified Mar 23, 2023)  • #15
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JJack33
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Quote:
Thanks for sending that over, I tested with those setting on my end and it seemed to work fine. Can you update to our latest beta and let me know if the issue persists? Here's the link: https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta/
You may need to re-pin the app to the taskbar after updating.

I installed DF Pro 10.0 Beta 23. I'm no longer getting the SESSION popup. Many thanks!
For reference I'm attaching a screenshot of the edit modal for the shortcut after I re-pinned Notepad (by opening the app, right-clicking the taskbar icon and choosing "Pin this program"). Also, the installer failed unless I ran it as admin. Sounds like it might be relevant.


Yes the new beta fixed it for me too! Thanks.
Mar 23, 2023  • #16
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
That's really odd, glad to hear it's fixed up though!
Mar 23, 2023  • #17
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JJack33
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That's really odd, glad to hear it's fixed up though!


Well the error is back. I guess it only worked shortly after installation of the beta or something? Now I am again getting the SESSION error...
Mar 24, 2023  • #18
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Could you send me over a screenshot of your "Edit Shortcut" window?
Mar 24, 2023  • #19
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JJack33
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Sure.
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Mar 24, 2023  • #20
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks for sending that over, I was able to reproduce this on my end so I've added it to our list to look into.
Mar 27, 2023  • #21
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This issue should be fixed up in the latest beta, available here: https://www.displayfusion.com/Download/Beta. Please let me know if you still run into any trouble after updating.

Thanks!
Mar 30, 2023  • #22
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JJack33
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No it is not fixed. Same error still.

As a workaround, what does work, is if I add notepad.exe as an application and as commandline argument I add the path to the txt file. However, this only works if I tag "launch as administrator". See added screenshot.
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Mar 30, 2023 (modified Mar 30, 2023)  • #23
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ah yeah strange, I can reproduce this again so I've re-opened it for us to look into.
Mar 31, 2023  • #24
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We've just released a new DisplayFusion beta version and this issue should be all fixed up. Please let us know if you run into any trouble after updating.

Thanks!
Apr 5, 2023  • #25
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JJack33
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We've just released a new DisplayFusion beta version and this issue should be all fixed up. Please let us know if you run into any trouble after updating.
Thanks!


Nah, not fixed. Same error. And now the workaround I posted is also broken...

edit: the workaround works again after a reboot.

edit2: this is offtopic, but this latest beta introduces lots of issues when moving a maximized window to another monitor with a hotkey. It flashes and often is not maximized or disappears behind another window.

Sorry for all the edits. I know every edit sends an email to people...
Apr 5, 2023 (modified Apr 5, 2023)  • #26
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
We've got some more changes coming to fix this up.

Could you send me a video of those hotkey flashing issues?
Apr 6, 2023  • #27
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JJack33
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We've got some more changes coming to fix this up.

Could you send me a video of those hotkey flashing issues?


I moved back to the previous beta (25) which doesn't have that issue. I'll wait for the next beta (27) and if that also has this issue I'll see if I can make a video of it.

And it's not really flashing, but after a switch to another monitor it's resizing for a couple seconds and sometimes it maximizes correctly, but sometimes it doesn't. And if you switch quickly between monitors it sometimes disappears behind another window.

Also the monitors I'm switching to have different resolutions. One is 1920x1080, the other is 1680x1050. That might be part of the problem, I don't know.
Apr 6, 2023  • #28
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