How to Pin a Folder to Windows Taskbar?

Pin a Folder to Windows Taskbar

This is a very interesting topic that how we can pin a folder to the Windows taskbar. We can only pin files or programs those as executable, but a folder is not an executable file or program. It is just a folder that contains other data files or sub folders of yours. Hence, in this article, you will know the trick or tweak to pin a folder to Windows taskbar.

pin a folder to windows taskbarAlthough, in Windows 10, users have an option to create a new toolbar as follow wherein any folder can be pinned:

Right-click on taskbar –> Select Toolbars –> New Toolbar… –> Provide folder location

Above step can pin your selected folder to the right side of the taskbar.

However, I think, this is not exactly what you are looking for.

[Read: Make Windows 10 Taskbar Completely Transparent]

Pin a Folder to Taskbar in Windows 7, 8.1 & 10

Here we are going to use a method which is quite easy and help you to pin any of your existing folders to the Windows taskbar. Though, you can create a new folder as well to pin it to the taskbar. The choice is your’s.

Note: The following method will work in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and 10.

As said above that you can pin only executable files or folders that is known for Windows. This is how a Windows operating system is designed.

Therefore, in this method, we will make or convert folder to executable and windows will treat it as an executable program.

For instance, I have a folder named “Windows OS”, which has a long path in my system drive that I use frequently. So, I am going to pin it to the Windows taskbar for my ease.


Step 1. Firstly, we will create a shortcut of existing folder to the desktop. Reach out to your folder location that you want to pin to the taskbar.

Right-click on the folder and select Send to –> Desktop (create shortcut)

create folder shortcut to desktopStep 2. Now reach out to the desktop and you can see there is a shortcut created of that specific folder with the same name.

Step 3. After that, we need to convert that shortcut to the executable folder. Follow below steps to do that:

  • Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties
  • A folder properties window will open on your screen
  • Under the Shortcut tab we need to add explorer.exe at the beginning of the target field URL

For example, my folder path is:


Change to:


pin folder to taskbar

Pin Folder

In conclusion, folder shortcut has been converted into an executable folder and now it is ready to pin to the Windows taskbar.

Pin a folder to Windows taskbar, just you need to drag and drop that folder to the Windows taskbar and it will stick on taskbar.

[Read: Change Windows Taskbar Location to the Right, Left or Top of the Screen]

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