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    'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10

    'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10

    How to 'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10
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    28 Apr 2017
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    How to 'Pin to taskbar' Folder and Drive in Windows 10

    information   Information
    When you drag a folder or drive on the taskbar, they get a "Pin to File Explorer" in the jump list option by default.

    While you could add a folder or drive as a toolbar on the taskbar, it just is not the same as directly pinning the folder or drive to the taskbar like apps.

    This tutorial will show you how to Pin to taskbar folders and drives like apps for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Apps, folders, and drives you pin to your taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below.

    In the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    In a folder:
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

    warning   Warning
    While any pinned folders or drives you have will be separate icons on your taskbar, they will still have their taskbar thumbnail previews show on the pinned File Explorer icon when you open them.


    EXAMPLE: Folder Pinned to Taskbar
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    Here's How:

    1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to any folder or drive that you want to "Pin to taskbar".

    2. Right click or press and hold on the folder or drive, and click/tap on Create shortcut (ex: drive or network folder) or Desktop (create shortcut) (ex: folders) to instantly create a shortcut of it on your desktop. (see screenshots below)

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    3. On your desktop, right click or press and hold on the folder or drive shortcut created in step 2 above, and click/tap on Properties.

    4. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, add explorer in front of the Target path, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Be sure to leave a space between explorer and the target path.


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    5. Click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Under Look for icons in this file, type imageres.dll, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select a folder or drive icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
    Note   Note
    You can use any icon that you would like to have displayed on the taskbar for this folder or drive though.



    8. Click/tap on OK. Notice your new icon from step 7 above at the top left corner. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Pin to taskbar the folder or drive shortcut on your desktop like you would any app.

    10. When finished, delete the folder or drive shortcut on your desktop. This will not affect the pinned folder or drive from this shortcut on your taskbar.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       15 Mar 2015 #1

    Very handy tut Shawn.
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  2. Posts : 23,665
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       15 Mar 2015 #2

    Thank you sir.
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  3.    15 Mar 2015 #3

    Neat, thanks Shawn.
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  4.    27 Aug 2015 #4

    This is basically the same as W7 and W8, but what is different is that in both of those, one could rearrange the order of the pinned files by dragging and dropping in the popup menu on the taskbar. This is no longer possible in W10. Is there a workaround?
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       27 Aug 2015 #5

    Hello LBM, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm afraid not unless you use a 3rd party program like Classic Shell.
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  6.    27 Aug 2015 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello LBM, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'm afraid not unless you use a 3rd party program like Classic Shell.
    Argh! Thanks for the reply. It was a very useful feature for me, hopefully there will be an udate.
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       22 Jan 2016 #7

    Got a question here from a dude who just installed Windows 10 yesterday. I was a long time Windows 7 user. In Windows 7 I pinned multiple folders to the explorer taskbar icon for quick view/access. I'm trying to do the same thing here but am having some issues. I pinned 12 folders in there but can't pin anymore than that. They go in but are going into the quick view section of File Explorer instead of being directly visible (by right clicking on taskbar icon) like the other 12 are. Is there a limitation here or am I doing something wrong?
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  8. Posts : 23,665
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       22 Jan 2016 #8

    Hello Mike, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    This tutorial is for pinning folders to the taskbar instead though.

    The limit is based on your screen resolution for what will show in the jump list without having to scroll.

    Another alternative, is to add a new folder as toolbar on your taskbar, then add shortcuts of folders to the new folder to have them show in the toolbar's menu.

    Taskbar Toolbars - Add or Remove in Windows 8
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       30 May 2016 #9

    Thank you Brink!! Nice rig you got there too!!
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