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How to have the smart client as an application on your taskbar

By: Joseph Styons

Posted on: May 22, 2013

1 – Create a batch file with this script, modified with your local URL and database name:
“c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” “http://localhost/bbappfx_291/browser/Blackbaud.AppFx.Browser.application?databasename=BBInfinity_291″

2 – Create shortcut to that file on your desktop

3 – Right click the shortcut, choose Properties, add C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C in front of the existing command.

For example, mine became:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C “D:\dev\bats\launchers\Launch291.bat”


4 – Drag the modified shortcut to your taskbar

5 – Assign a custom icon if you want.  You can convert a standard image to an icon format using any of several online services.

I have found this one to be simple to use.


6 – Now you have the smart client as an app on your taskbar


2 thoughts on “How to have the smart client as an application on your taskbar

  1. As an FYI you can point to the icons in the Blackbaud.AppFx.Browser.exe and use the normal CRM icon. Also instead of having it call a .bat file you can just point to the browser/Blackbaud.AppFx.Browser.application file for the target of the shortcut. I do that and name the shortcut something like “CRM 2.93” and then put it in a folder called shortcuts and also give it a shortcut key. From there I tell my taskbar to add a new toolbar and point it to the shortcuts folder I created. Then voila, no .bat file needed. 🙂

  2. You can choose any icon, from any exe… my motivation for the custom icon is so that I can tell multiple versions of CRM apart.

    The .application file will launch CRM, but you can’t pin it to the Taskbar, which was my goal.

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