[Tip] Easily Show Computer Name in the Taskbar in 3 Steps in Windows 7


You can go to System Properties to find out what computer name is when needed. You also can use this little tool BgInfo to create custom wallpaper with computer name stamped in it.

However, if you are like me who often manage more than one computer or run a couple of virtual machines and don’t often get chance to see the desktop, you will find having a computer name that always stay in taskbar all time can be quite handy.

Step1: Create a new folder with name the same as your computer name.

You can create it anywhere that is convenient to you. For example, now I have c:\temp\Kent-VW7.

Step 2: Right-click on the empty area in the taskbar and choose Toolbars, then New Toolbar.


Step 3: browsing through the folder and select the new folder created in Step 1 as your Toolbar and click Select Folder.


Done! And here is what the taskbar looks like with computer name embedded.


Credit goes to Sott Hanselman for sharing this tip.



  1. I was excited when I saw what this article was titled, but the way it is achieved does not help me. It would be nice if we could stick a label down there that actually showed the computer name dynamically, it would be a plus for me. From a help desk standpoint it would be beneficial for users to just have to look at their start menu and tell me what their computer name is so I can login to help them.

    • Understand. However, since the computer name doesn’t change that often, especially in a business environment, having it stick in the taskbar with static name is fine with me.

      If you really think of dynamically updating it, you can create a small script that renames the folder every time when user logs in. A system variable $computername$ can be used to achieve that.

  2. All you need to do is:
    1. Right click the tool bar
    2. Select Toolbars->New Toolbar
    3. Write %COMPUTERNAME%
    4. Click select folder.

  3. I am no longer certain the place you are getting your information, however great topic. I needs to spend a while learning more or understanding more. Thank you for fantastic information I was looking for this information for my mission.


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