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Windows 7: Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder

21 Aug 2011   #40
Lol Froob

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is there, by any chance, that I could pin my "downloads" link to the taskbar. I don't want to create a new taskbar; I want to pin them onto it so it actually opens the folder instead of displaying the contents in a list.

I can not currently do this because whenever I try to pin my "downloads" to the taskbar, it will just pin to another program that I already have pinned.



You can see from the picture that I already have my desktop linked as a new task bar. I don't want that; I want to replace the windows "explorer pin" with a "downloads pin". I'd appreciate it you could help me! Thanks!

Great tutorial btw, I never knew about creating another taskbar =). I am sure my downloads taskbar will come in handy!


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21 Aug 2011   #41
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Froob,

You can use the path below along with the tutorial below to change the default open to location for the Windows Explorer taskbar icon.

%UserProfile%\Downloads

Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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22 Aug 2011   #42
Lol Froob

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!
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22 Aug 2011   #43
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Froob.
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20 Feb 2012   #44
rubrbndball

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

how come it starts another explorer.exe process. does the same with cmd, too...
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20 Feb 2012   #45
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Rubrbndball,

Which option did you use?

If you have another Windows Explorer icon pinned to the left of this one, then it's normal for it to open a new Windows Explorer window each time you click on the pinned folder icon. Any open Windows Explorer windows will be grouped in the farthest left (taskbar on bottom) or top (taskbar on side) pinned Windows Explorer icon.
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03 May 2012   #46
RajaSekharv

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

First option is simple and works like a charm. Thanks for the information.
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03 May 2012   #47
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Raja, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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22 Jun 2012   #48
nevesswodniw

7 Ult x64 sp1
 
 

Thanks Brink! Been searching how to do this... the default taskbar pinned explorer button only opens one instance, that is you have to right-click to open another, as the icon turns into the launched icon...absolutely hated this.

Now, with this, it will open explorer, and the original unlaunched pinned icon remains, so I can open another easily!

Thanks again.
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22 Jun 2012   #49
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome nevesswodniw.
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