Adding Folder shortcuts to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows 7 icons

Customizing the taskbar

With the launch of Windows 7, Microsoft has introduced some new features and tool sets which enhance a user’s computer experience. Some of the new features include opening multiple instances of the same program, problem steps recorder, pin favorite folders, moving windows which are really great. It also displays easy-to-read large and beautiful Windows 7 icons which is also a nice addition.


Windows has now a more attractive and user-friendly taskbar which resembles more like Apple’s OS X taskbar. The main feature is that you can pin programs to the taskbar which also serves the purpose of quick start. Similarly you can do with other Windows 7 icons to appear on your taskbar.


Though there is not a direct option to add folder shortcuts to your desktop, you can still accomplish this by using the independent program Pile 2. This software is responsible for stimulating the function of “Stack” on OS X, which are actually little shortcut icons. This allows you to browse different folders on your computer via a small pop-up, without needing to open the browser or explorer window.

Pinning folders to your Windows 7 taskbar

If you want to create Mac OS X-style stacks on your computer, all that you need to do is to run Pile 2 independently. To create new Stacks, select “New Stacks,” then go to the desired folder and choose the pop-up in the address field. Now you can see an icon appearing on your desktop that can be attached to the taskbar. You may simply drag-and-drop the icon to the taskbar or right-click on the icon and select “Pin to the Taskbar.” It’s better to change the icon to a desired one before you pin it to the Windows 7 taskbar. Because once the icon is pinned, it cannot be changed.

You may also try another simple method. First thing you need to do is to create a desktop shortcut for the folder. To do so, right-click

Windows 7 taskbar

How to pin programs to the taskbar

on an empty space on your desktop and select “New” and then “Shortcut.” From the “Create Shortcut” window, browse the folder, select it and click “OK.” Now you can see the path to your folder in the location field. Add the word “explorer” before the path leaving a space between them. Click “OK.” The desktop folder shortcut is now created. Simply drag-and-drop it to the taskbar or pin it to the taskbar by right-clicking on it.

Having found that it’s not that too hard a thing to do, you still need to be more attentive while doing this to ensure you are doing it right.


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