Whether you’re a fan of the new Windows 7 taskbar or not, it becomes very frustrating when you attempt to pin different folder locations to the taskbar. If you download content frequently and also work on documents and pictures, it is a huge time saver to have a direct link to the folders containing your material. Unfortunately Windows 7 doesn’t normally allow you to pin more than one folder to the taskbar, but with this groovy trick we’ll pin as many as we want.
How To Pin More Than One Folder To the Windows 7 Taskbar
1. First we need to create a dummy .exe file. To do this Right-Click anywhere on the desktop and Select New > Bitmap image.
2. Rename the New Bitmap Image.bmp to dummy.exe
Note: If you are unable to do this make sure you have file extensions enabled for Windows 7!
Now we need to create a dummy shortcut to the .exe we just made.
3. Right-Click your new dummy.exe and Select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
4. Drag the dummy shortcut to the taskbar to pin it there.
5. From the taskbar Right-Click the dummy shortcut and Right-Click it again in the menu and Select Properties.
The folder looks a little bland, let’s give it a new appearance!
6. In the Shortcut tab Click Change Icon.
7. Choose a new icon for your folder. You can use any icon you like from any location in Windows 7. Some of my favorite icons are found at:
8. Next in the Shortcut tab Type in the location of the folder you would like to link to. In this example I used C:UsersyourusernameDocuments. Click Apply to save these changes.
9. Now in the General tab, Rename your folder shortcut to something appropriate for the location you pointed it to. When you are finished, Click OK.
Now you can have a pinned taskbar shortcut to as many different folders as you want! Groovy!