How To Pin Any Files/Folders To Windows 7 Taskbar

One of the greatest improvement in Windows 7 is the taskbar. You can now pin applications to the taskbar and launch it with a single click. There is also the jumplist where you can pin a file/folder/url/specific action to a particular application. When everything seems great, I have only one complaint. There is no options to pin a file/folder to the taskbar. You can only pin applications to the taskbar and add files/folders to the jumplist. What if you want to pin a file/folder to the taskbar?

If you have followed our previous example of creating a Show Desktop icon for Windows 7, I bet you are also wondering how to pin that icon to the taskbar just like any other application. Don’t worry, here’s the way to pin your favorite files/folders to the taskbar.

1. Open a notepad. Go to File -> Save As.

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Save the file as ‘Show Desktop.exe’ in your desktop (you can give any name you want, but it must end with a .exe extension). Close the file.

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2. Drag the Show Desktop.exe file to the taskbar. This will automatically pin it to the taskbar.

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3. Right click on the pinned icon. Right click on its name and select Properties.

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4. Change the target path to the file/folder that you want to pin. In this case, I am pointing it to the Show Desktop.scf file on my desktop.

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5. Click Ok.

That’s it. As easy as that.