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Windows 7: How to pin DropBox to taskbar?

01 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How to pin DropBox to taskbar?

When I try to do it, it pins Windows Explorer instead, so I have to right click and select the DropBox folder from the list. It would nice if there was a way to directly go to the folder.


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02 May 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

One thing you can do is change the default starting location for Windows Explorer.
Method #1:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right Click "Windows Explorer"
Change the target field from: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, <New Path>

i.e. %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, %USERPROFILE%\DropBox
or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, C:\Users\username\DropBox
Method #2:
Shift+Right Click the Taskbar Icon > Properties
Now follow the rest of the process as you would with the above method.


Otherwise, you can create a toolbar and place a shortcut to that folder within the toolbar.
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02 May 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Reinstate Quick Launch and then you can have anything available,even folders, as in XP.
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
I just have one icon showing with the double arrow icon next to it that shows (vertically) the rest of whatever is in QL when I click on it, so it takes up little taskbar real estate.
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02 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
One thing you can do is change the default starting location for Windows Explorer.
Method #1:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right Click "Windows Explorer"
Change the target field from: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, <New Path>

i.e. %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, %USERPROFILE%\DropBox
or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, C:\Users\username\DropBox
Method #2:
Shift+Right Click the Taskbar Icon > Properties
Now follow the rest of the process as you would with the above method.


Otherwise, you can create a toolbar and place a shortcut to that folder within the toolbar.
This did it, thanks! Now why doesn't Windows allow users to pin folders to the Taskbar by default?

As for the quicklaunch method, I tried it and didn't like it because the icons were not the same size as the non-QL icons.
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03 May 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

My icons are the same size and style. Not sure why though.
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03 May 2010   #6

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by exia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
One thing you can do is change the default starting location for Windows Explorer.
Method #1:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right Click "Windows Explorer"
Change the target field from: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, <New Path>

i.e. %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, %USERPROFILE%\DropBox
or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, C:\Users\username\DropBox
Method #2:
Shift+Right Click the Taskbar Icon > Properties
Now follow the rest of the process as you would with the above method.


Otherwise, you can create a toolbar and place a shortcut to that folder within the toolbar.
This did it, thanks! Now why doesn't Windows allow users to pin folders to the Taskbar by default?

As for the quicklaunch method, I tried it and didn't like it because the icons were not the same size as the non-QL icons.
The only things that can be pinned to the "superbar" are programs. It makes it a bit easier for the user considering how you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between random pinned folders.

If you really want a dock that acts like a OS X style dock (pinnable lists, etc) you can try something like RocketDock. There are many other docks as well. I use the native dock in OS X but I kind of like the two operating systems feeling different.

You may be able to get the quick launch icons to look similar if you tell your main icons to use a small size. Granted, you'll also have to tell the quick launch not to use labels or titles. I find it a bit easier just to use the favorites menu on the side of explorer & pinned folders which can be accessed via a right click.
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