By default, if you try pinning folders to the taskbar on Windows 7 or the current version of Windows 8 the folder will be put into the context menu of the taskbar's explorer icon.

To prevent this and stick a folder directly to the taskbar, you need to create a shortcut of the folder you want to pin (right-click and Create shortcut). Afterwards right-click the shortcut and select Properties. On the Target line you will see the path of the object that the shortcut is pointing to - put explorer in front of that path and separate them with a space character (e.g. explorer "C:\New_Folder"). Now click OK and drag the shortcut to the taskbar.

Pin folders to taskbar on Windows 7/8
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13 thoughts on “Pin folders to taskbar on Windows 7/8

  • November 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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    COOL!!!
    Thank you very much!

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  • November 25, 2012 at 7:37 am
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    Thanks. Bizarre how secret this is.

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  • November 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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    Really thank you!! Couldn’t stand libraries browser to be default

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  • December 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm
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    Muchos Gracias! I was getting frustrated since I bought my new computer, now I have it back. Thank you!

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  • February 7, 2013 at 4:39 pm
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    I’m with everyone else, thank you! I like using the taskbar for my most important things, and I wanted direct access to a particular folder, and it wouldn’t allow me to drag and drop. THANK YOU!

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  • March 7, 2013 at 6:07 am
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    Thank you so, so much.

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  • March 19, 2013 at 2:07 am
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    Awesome! Was wondering how to get a folder shortcut onto the taskbar.
    I went a step further and went to the properties again and changed the icon to a folder with a blue download arrow on it so it did not look the same as the main explorer icon that is there by default.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 3:17 am
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    thx, very simple and efective!

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  • April 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm
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    Very nice and straight to the point. Thanks!!!

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  • October 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
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    Thank you so, so much.

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  • December 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm
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    Thanks a lot I was fed up of having to chase around for the folder I required, now one click and it’s there.

    Best Regards,

    Graham

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  • December 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm
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    That is Golden. Many thanks!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    Top tip, thanks! MS sticking to its “let’s make it more difficult than it should be” policy.

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