Pinning Outlook 2013 icon to Windows 7 taskbar shows a 2nd icon when opened

There appears to be a bug with Outlook 2013 that will cause Windows 7 to show a 2nd icon if you pin it to the taskbar "too soon".  From testing if you pin the icon to the taskbar before first running it or even during the first run it will start showing 2 icons in the taskbar. I have managed to resolve this by unpinning all the Outlook icons on my taskbar, closing out Outlook, opening and reclosing Outlook (just to be sure) then pinning Outlook again from the start menu. Now when I open Outlook I am only getting the 1 icon in the taskbar and multiple Outlook 2013 windows stack correctly.

Update: The above was back during beta. If you have problems today I suggest unpinning your icons then run Outlook and right click and pin from the running icon instead of from the start menu.

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  1. Just closing and restarting Outlook worked for me - no pinning in Windows 8 (I think)

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  2. I was having this same problem. What worked for me is unpinning Outlook from the task bar, opening from the Start menu, then right clicking on the Outlook icon that appears on the taskbar when you open it, and selecting "Pin to taskbar". Now when I open Outlook from the taskbar, it does not produce a second icon and all of my open windows stack.

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    1. THANK YOU! Same issue and that solved it. Deleted the one I pinned from the start menu, opened Outlook then right clicked THAT icon and pinned it to the taskbar. Works perfect. Now if they can just fix the AWFUL color scheme! (or lack of color scheme)

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    2. I had the same experience as danfouts14. I tried NigelG suggestion and it didn't work for me.

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    3. Thanks Scott. Worked a treat. It was actually a different (work) program, not Outlook, so I'm assuming it will work with any program doing the same highly annoying thing.

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  3. Scott, your technique worked for about 2 weeks and then the second icon appeared once more and I had to repeat the process. No permanent solutions?

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