Windows 10 provides us with the flexibility to pin an item to the taskbar for quicker access. However, pinning an external drive to your taskbar is not as simple as it sounds. You cannot just right click on the external drive icon and pin it to your taskbar. Therefore, in this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can pin an external drive to your taskbar in Windows 10.
Pinning an External Drive to your Taskbar in Windows 10
In order to pin an external drive to your taskbar in Windows 10, you will need to perform the following steps:
Right click on any empty area of your desktop in order to launch a cascading menu as shown in the following image:
Click on the New option from the cascading menu and then select Text Document option from the sub-cascading menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
As soon as you will do this, a new text file will be created on your desktop.
You can name this text file according to your choice but it will be more appropriate to name with the same drive letter that you want to pin to your taskbar. In this example, I have named the text file as EDrive. Moreover, you also need to change the extension of that file from .txt to .exe. For doing this, type the name of your file followed by .exe extension as shown in the image below:
Once you have renamed the text file and changed its extension, right click on its icon to launch a menu as shown in the following image:
Click on the Pin to Taskbar option from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
After this step, the icon of your .exe file will start appearing on your taskbar as highlighted in the image shown below:
Right click on the icon of your .exe file in order to launch a pop-up menu as shown in the following image:
Now right click on the name of your .exe file from the pop-up menu and then select the Properties option from the other pop-up menu as highlighted in the image shown above.
As soon as you will click on it, the EDrive Properties window will appear on your screen as shown in the image below:
Now you need to modify the Target and the Start in fields.
Type the drive letter of your external drive followed by a colon and a backward slash in both the Target and Start in fields as highlighted in the following image:
Now you need to make the external drive icon look more appropriate. For doing this, click on the Change Icon button as highlighted in the image shown below:
Choose any icon of your choice from the given icons list as shown in the following image:
After selecting the desired icon, click on the OK button in order to close the Change Icon dialogue box.
Finally, click on the Apply button and then click on the OK button in order to save your settings.
Once you manage to perform all these steps, you can easily connect your external drive with your computer system. Whenever you will click on the external drive icon present on your taskbar, you will be redirected to your actual external drive.
By following the method discussed in this article, you can easily pin any external drive to your taskbar in Windows 10. However, if at any instance, you do not feel the need of that drive icon on your taskbar anymore then you can simply right click on it and then select Unpin from Taskbar option from the pop-up menu.