How To: Pin personal folders to the taskbar in Win 7

Windows 7 allows users to pin programs/applications to the taskbar easily via the right click context menu but there is no such option available for personal folders.

It can be done though and is not too difficult. Here’s an example of how to pin the “Downloads” folder to the taskbar (it’s the same procedure for any folder):

1) Right click on the desktop and select New and then Shortcut.

2) Click on the Browse button and navigate to the desired folder (in this case “Downloads”). Select the folder (highlight it) and then click OK.

3) You will now see the path to that folder in the location dialogue box. You will need to edit that path, just a simple edit: type in the word explorer at the beginning of the path. Leave a space between explorer and the path:
























4) Click on Next. Type in a new name for the folder (in this case Downloads will do) and then click Finish.

5) Right click on the new desktop shortcut and select Properties. You will see a Change Icon button towards the bottom of the window. Click on that button, choose your preferred icon and then click Apply, OK.

6) Right click on the desktop shortcut and select “Pin to taskbar”.

You may now delete the desktop shortcut.

NOTE: To access a wider range of icons to choose from, replace the path (as indicated in the screenshot under) with any of the following and click OK:

  • %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
  • %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
  • %SystemRoot%\system32\DDORes.dll

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