How to Pin a Drive to Your Taskbar

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We know we can pin Apps to the taskbar. But did you know you can pin your drives, both local and network drives. Instead of opening File Explorer and choosing a drive which requires two clicks, this can be done in one click from your taskbar.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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Create a Shortcut for a Drive

Create a shortuct by a right click on the desktop. Then select New followed by Shortcut from the menu. Refer to below image:

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Creating a shortcut

The shortcut wizard will appear. (If the wizard does not appear, you will have to manually edit the Shortcut tab.) In the field Type the location of the item, enter explorer C:\. See below image:

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The first screen of the shortcut wizard

Click Next. Assign a name to the shortcut like Drive C. See following image:

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The second screen of the shortcut wizard

To complete the wizard, click Finish. The shortcut will be displayed on your desktop. Right click on the the desktop shortcut and select Properties from the context menu to preview the shortcut. Notice the Target and Start in fields have been updated. See below image:

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Setting up a shortcut for drive C

Change the Icon for the Shortcut

Again, right click on the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu. Go to the Shortcut tab and select Change Icon. You will see an Address field that denotes the default location of the icon. To change this, enter C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll in the field. Refer to below image:

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Changing the default location for the icon

Click OK. Look through the icons and choose the drive icon. You could also use your own custom icon. See following image:

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Choosing the drive icon

Click OK to select the icon. Then click OK again to save your changes. Then right click on your desktop shortcut and select Pin to taskbar and/or Pin to Start from the context menu. See below image for the final result of pinning Drive C to the taskbar:

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Drive C example pinned to the taskbar

From your taskbar, click the drive icon to open File Explorer for the designated drive. You may now delete the desktop shortcut.

If you are pinning multiple drives, it’s a good idea to use custom icons. If you go with the default icons, they will all look the same. You could hover your mouse over a pinned drive to reveal which drive will open or use a custom icon. Another idea is to remember which drive is which. To make the icons stand out, you could separate the pinned drives from your other apps by using taskbar dividers.

I Would Like to Hear from You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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