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Computer - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin Computer to the Windows 7 Taskbar
Published by Brink
11 Apr 2009 - Views: 265687
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How to Pin Computer to the Windows 7 Taskbar

information   Information
This will show you how to pin Computer to the Windows 7 taskbar as a separate icon instead of it being pinned as a Jump list item in the default pinned Window Explorer taskbar icon.

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Note   Note
When you have both the default Windows Explorer icon to the left and this Computer icon to the right of it, then each time you click on the Computer icon on the taskbar it will open another separate new window of Computer. Clicking on the Windows Explorer icon will only open the one window instance.

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To avoid issues with other pinned "explorer" type shortcuts from displaying their opened windows in the thumbnail previews of whatever pinned "explorer" type shortcut is on the farthest left of the taskbar, be sure that the default pinned Windows Explorer taskbar icon is dragged to the left of this pinned Computer icon on the taskbar, and that any other pinned "explorer" type icon is dragged to the right of this Computer icon.

EXAMPLE: Computer Unpinned and Pinned from the Taskbar



EXAMPLE: Computer window
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OPTION ONE
To Download the "Computer" Shortcut
1. If you have not already, then uncheck the default Computer shortcut from the Desktop Icon Settings window.

2. Click on the Download button below to download the Computer.zip file below.
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3. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

4. Open the .zip file and extract the Computer shortcut to the desktop.

5. Right click on the Computer 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 6.
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6. Drag the Computer shortcut onto the taskbar until you see the Pin to Taskbar pop-up and drop it. (see screenshot below)
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7. Computer is now pinned to the taskbar. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you ever wish to remove the pinned Computer icon from the taskbar, right click on it and click on Unpin this program from the Taskbar.
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8. When done, you can delete the downloaded Computer shortcut and .zip files on the desktop if you like.



OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Computer" Shortcut
1. If you have not already, then uncheck the default Computer shortcut from the Desktop Icon Settings window.

2. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on New and Shortcut.

3. Copy and past either location below into the location area and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
explorer.exe ,0

OR

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

OR

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

OR

%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
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4. For the name, type Computer and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
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5. Right click on the new Computer shortcut on the desktop and click on Properties.

6. Under the Shortcut tab, click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
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7. In the "Look for icons..." line, copy and paste the path below and press enter. (see screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
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8. Select the Computer icon and click on OK. (see screenshot above)

9. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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10. Drag the new Computer shortcut onto the taskbar until you see the Pin to Taskbar pop-up and drop it. (see screenshot below)
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11. Computer is now pinned to the taskbar. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you ever wish to remove the pinned Computer icon from the taskbar, right click on it and click on Unpin this program from the Taskbar.
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12. You can now delete the Computer shortcut on the desktop.
That's it,
Shawn






29 May 2009   #1
engrjayze

Windows 7 Build 7100
 
 

thank you for this tutorial.. i can't figure out how to do this before because eveytime i try to pin my computer, the libraries always open when i click the pinned taskbar icon


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Engrjayze,

Have you already tried the download to use for this? It should work for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2009   #3
engrjayze

Windows 7 Build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Engrjayze,

Have you already tried the download to use for this? It should work for you.
i tried to do it manually by following your steps..thank you

it worked perfectly for me bro..no need to worry or change anything else
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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29 May 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear it. Thank you for posting back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2009   #5
Night Hawk

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

It works on the 32bit Vista Home Premium as well. First you have to clear the check box in the personalization and then copy and paste the blue colored icon onto the desktop itself before dragging onto the quick launch bar there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2009   #6
Hitcher

Windows 7
 
 

This works great until I delete the shortcut from the desktop and then I get a 'Can't open this item' message.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hitcher, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Strange, it still works just fine for me from the taskbar after I delete the ZIP and shortcut from the desktop. Right click on the pinned Computer icon on the taskbar, then right click on Computer in the jump list and click on Properties. Under the Shortcut tab, does it stil have the location in blue below there?

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2009   #8
Hitcher

Windows 7
 
 

Nope, this is what I get.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hitcher,

Did you use the shortcut download?
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