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Windows 7: User Files Folder - Pin to Taskbar



User Files Folder - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin Your User Files Folder to the Windows 7 Taskbar
Published by Brink
09 Apr 2009
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How to Pin Your User Files Folder to the Windows 7 Taskbar

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This will show you how create a shortcut of your user profile (user files) folder to pin to the Windows 7 taskbar as a separate icon instead of it being pinned as a Jump List item in the pinned Window Explorer taskbar icon.

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EXAMPLE: Your User's Files Folder Unpinned and Pinned from the Taskbar



EXAMPLE: Your User Files Folder
User Files Folder - Pin to Taskbar-user_folder.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Use a Download
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Users_Files_Folder.zip
download
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the User's Files Folder shortcut to the desktop.
NOTE: You can rename the User's Files Folder shortcut to any name that you would like to use instead though. For example, your user account name.

4. Right click on the User's Files Folder shortcut and click on Properties, General tab, and the Unblock button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If the unblock button is not there, then the shortcut is already set to be unblocked. Continue on to step 5.
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5. Drag the User's Files Folder shortcut onto the taskbar until you see the Pin to Taskbar pop-up and drop it. (see screenshot below)
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6. The User's Files Folder is now pinned to the taskbar. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you ever wish to remove the pinned User's Files Folder icon from the taskbar, right click on it and click on Unpin this program from the Taskbar.
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7. When done, you can delete the downloaded User's Files Folder shortcut and .zip files on the desktop if you like.





OPTION TWO
To Do it Manually
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location in bold below into the Location field and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:UsersFilesFolder
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3. For the name, type User's Files Folder and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can type any name that you would like to use instead though. For example, your user account name.
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4. Right click on the new User's Files Folder shortcut on the desktop and click on Properties.

5. Under the Shortcut tab, click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
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6. In the "Look for icons..." line, copy and paste the location below and press enter. (see screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
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7. Select the User's Files Folder icon and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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9. Right click on the shortcut, and click on Pin to Taskbar.
NOTE: You could also drag the new User's Files Folder shortcut onto the taskbar until you see the Pin to Taskbar pop-up and drop it. (see screenshot below)
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10. Your user's files folder is now pinned to the taskbar. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you ever wish to remove the pinned User's Files Folder icon from the taskbar, right click on it and click on Unpin this program from the Taskbar.
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11. You can now delete the User's Files Folder shortcut on the desktop.
That's it,
Shawn





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09 Apr 2009   #1
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That will be a plus for a good number of people right from the start there! It's always a pain in the butt having to browse through all of the sub folders to get to something! Good find!

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09 Apr 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, you're welcome.
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09 Apr 2009   #3
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

That went right on here while saving the zip file to a utility folder for a variety of things on the storage drive. Once opened with a double click, dragged onto the desktop, and the right click to unblock was done you can see the end result with the simple drag to taskbar. You can see it next to the AVG icon there.
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11 Aug 2009   #4
scottsmithtech

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Added this and Computer shortcut... every time I click on this User shortcut it opens on the computer shortcut button on the taskbar...
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11 Aug 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Scott, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check to make sure that you have the correct location entered for the shortcut and no typos. Have you tried the download?
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11 Aug 2009   #6
scottsmithtech

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I used %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:UsersFilesFolder for the User's Files Folder pinned link.

I used %windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} for the Computer pinned link.

When I click on the Computer link it worked fine. When I click on the User's Files Folder link it opens in the Computer button link.
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11 Aug 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Remove the pinned Computer icon and try this for it's location instead to see if that will work with the User Folder icon.

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

Computer - Pin to Taskbar
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04 Jul 2011   #8
CamillaMouse

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I could kiss you! Thank you for saving my sanity!
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04 Jul 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Camilla, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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