How to Pin Any Folder to Taskbar in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can pin any folder to the taskbar. This will allow you to open that folder with one click. You need to simply follow these steps written below.

By default, Windows 10 does not allow the user to pin folders to the taskbar. However, there is a trick which can help you to bypass this limitation.

The idea behind the trick to pin folders to the taskbar is simple - since you can already pin executable files to the taskbar, you can make a shortcut to the folder you want to pin and replace its target path with the explorer.exe file. If you add the folder path as an argument for the explorer.exe app, that folder will be opened automatically from your shortcut.

To pin any folder to the taskbar in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Right click the empty space on your Desktop. Select New - Shortcut in the context menu (see the screenshot).
  2. In the shortcut target box, type "explorer.exe " without quotes and add the path to your folder you want to pin to the taskbar. See the screenshot below.
    Create Shortcut To Pin A Folder Note: if the folder path contains spaces, enclose it in quotes as follows:
    explorer.exe "c:\some path\some folder"
  3. Name your shortcut as you wish. You can use any name.Any Name Shortcut Windows 10
  4. Right click the shortcut you created and open its properties.Folder Shortcut Properties
  5. Change the shortcut icon to some nice icon from the C:\windows\system32\imageres.dll file.Folder Shortcut Icon
  6. Now, right click the shortcut you created and select "Pin to taskbar" in the context menu. See the following screenshot:Windows 10 Pin Folder To Taskbar
  7. The folder will be pinned to the taskbar. Now you can delete the shortcut you created from the Deskop. It is not required any more.Windows 10 Folder Is Pinned To Taskbar

You are done. The folder will be pinned to the taskbar. Using this method, you can pin any folder you want to the taskbar or even a drive.

Now see: How to pin any file to Start Menu in Windows 10

7 thoughts on “How to Pin Any Folder to Taskbar in Windows 10

  1. Jay Cee

    yeah no, no such option in live version of it, you get resize, un-pin and open location only.

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    1. Tom

      I loved the pin to 8. And I miss it.

      The solution for windows 10 described above does not always work. For some items, right clicking on them on the start menu doesn’t always give an option to “pin to taskbar” For example, I pinned “Recent Items” to the Start Menu. Then I right clicked. Under the “more” option, only open file location was given as an option.

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  2. vanessa

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I TOOK ME 3 HOURS RESEARCH & IN SECONDS, YOUR ARTICLE HAD ME WHERE I NEEDED TO BE!!!!!

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  3. Dave Frank

    i followed the instructions to add a shortcut to the task bar in windows 10. i was able to add the shortcut to the start menu but when i right click on this shortcut on the start menu there is no option to ‘pin to taskbar.

    has anyone else had this problem?
    thanks.

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  4. Sid

    Brilliant. I use this to pin the main folder of my cloud storage (Google Drive, Box, etc) to the task bar. Was wondering how to do this for a long time, and finally decided to Google it.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Enjoy.

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  5. woke

    Thanks man, really helpful!
    If possible, can you explain what is going on here? Like, why can’t a normal folder shortcut be pinned to the taskbar, but when explorer.exe is added to it it can? Thanks

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