We all know that we can’t pin a folder directly to the taskbar in Windows 7. However, if you really want that feature, here are 4 workarounds that you may find helpful, 2 of them we have already covered here before.
Way #1: using a dummy executable file to fool Windows 7
We have covered this before but here are 3 steps in brief.
1. Create a dummy.exe file on desktop.
2. Pin this dummy.exe to the taskbar.
3. Change the pined dummy.exe file’s property to point the Target textbox to the folder you want to pin.
Way #2: a smart use of Explorer.exe
Thanks to the reader Dan who commented on our Way #1 post about a much easy way that smartly uses built-in Explorer.exe. Here is the steps in detail.
1. Create a shortcut on desktop by right-clicking on blank area on desktop, New, and Shortcut.
2. Type in the following command in the location box.
Note that you can replace “c:\folder\to\path” with a real path to the folder you want to pin.
3. Type a name for the shortcut.
4. Right-click on the shortcut just created, and pin it to the taskbar.
Way #3: use 3rd party tools to make it prettier
There are also tools out there that can even make a pined folder much prettier. We covered 2 tools before, 7Stacks and StandaloneStack 2. Both tools can pin a specified tool on taskbar with stacking the content inside the folder. We recommend the latter one because it seems to be running a bit smoother and looks a bit nicer as well.
Way #4: a tricky use of toolbar
Well, this isn’t really a way to pin a folder to the taskbar that has all the fancy features that come with it like jumplist. It’s just a tricky use of toolbar to make a folder appeared on taskbar.
Right-click on the blank space on taskbar, go to Toolbars, and New Toolbar…
Browser to the folder that contain the folder you want to pin, and select that folder.
See, I just “pined” a folder named Tools to the taskbar and this is what it looks like.
What’s my choice?
Personally, I like and use way #4 most of the time. However, it’s just my own opinion that only represents my own choice. What’s yours?
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Last updated: 08/04/2014