How to Pin a Drive or Folder to the Windows 10 Taskbar

By | December 14, 2019
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How to Pin a Drive or Folder to the Windows 10 Taskbar

You can pin a drive or a folder to the Windows 10 taskbar and it’s really easy.

First, let’s pin a drive to the taskbar.

1.) Right-click on the drive you want to Pin to the taskbar and click “Create shortcut”. You’ll get a message that says “Windows cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead? Yes/No” Click “Yes”.

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2.) Go to your desktop and find the shortcut that you just created and right-click on it. In the dialog that opens, click “Properties”. In the “Properties” dialog, in the box next to “Target” type the word “EXPLORER” before the drive letter – make sure you leave a space after “EXPLORER”. (EXPLORER doesn’t have to be capitalized – the case does not matter.) Click “Apply/OK”.  See the screenshot below.

4.) Go back to your desktop and you’ll see that your drive shortcut icon has changed to a folder icon.  Right-click on the icon, and while holding down the right mouse button, drag the shortcut to your taskbar and release your right mouse button.  You’ll have a taskbar shortcut to your drive.

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Let’s pin a folder to the taskbar

Pinning a folder to the taskbar is almost the same as pinning a drive.

1.) Right-click on the folder for which you want to create a shortcut and choose “Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

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2.) Go to the desktop and find the shortcut you just created. Right-click on it and choose “Properties” In the Properties dialog, in the “Target” field, type EXPLORER before the folder location as shown in the screenshot above – make sure you leave a space after EXPLORER. Click Apply/OK.

3. As you did with the drive shortcut, right-click on the folder shortcut on your desktop, and while holding down the right mouse button drag the shortcut to your taskbar and release the right mouse button.

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The Results

Now I have a shortcut on my taskbar for my “E” drive.

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And a shortcut on my taskbar for my “PDF” folder.

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And that’s all there is to pinning a drive or a folder shortcut to your taskbar.

 

4 thoughts on “How to Pin a Drive or Folder to the Windows 10 Taskbar

  1. Harry

    Just one very important thing overlooked ; after typing in explorer before the “target field” you must leave a space otherwise it will not work.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks for catching that omission. I added “be sure you leave a space after explorer” to the article – the screenshots are correct.

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  2. Virginia Borders

    How did you get to that first picture showing the folders, devices & drives? I can’t seem to find it anywhere, not even using the Search bar. I was wanting to make my external drive (F) task bar shortcut.

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  3. RICHARD SZPIN

    Very hand tip about pinning drive and folder to taskbar. Brings more efficiency and practicality to managing and working with the computer

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