Another Way to Pin Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Remember last week when I said readers were smarter than me? That's still true, but it turns out I'm not so dumb after all--just forgetful.

It all started when reader Jim asked how he could pin a frequently used folder to the Windows 7 Taskbar. I told him there was no straightforward way to do that, and that he should consider creating a keyboard shortcut to the folder instead.

A few days later, reader Renee chimed in, noting that you can indeed pin folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar if you restore the Quick Launch toolbar. All the while, something was nagging at my memory. What other option was I forgetting?

I was forgetting Kishan Bagaria's Taskbar Items Pinner, a free utility that lets you add files, folders, Web sites, menus, and other goodies to the Windows 7 Taskbar.

After downloading this tiny app, make sure to run it as an administrator (by right-clicking the icon and choosing Run as administrator). Then just click the box next to any item you want to pin. If it's a file or folder, click the button next to Path, choose File or Folder, then navigate to the item you want. (Alternately, you can type in a Web address.)

Now for the only tricky part: In the Icon field, type %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll, then enter a number in the adjoining field (3 for a folder, 13 for a Web shortcut--you'll have to experiment to find others). Finally, click Add Item and you're done.

If you ever decide to remove any of these newly added goodies, just right-click the appropriate Taskbar icon and choose Unpin this program from taskbar.

Okay, I think we've officially exhausted this subject. If there's yet another way to pin folders to the Taskbar, I don't want to know about it!

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.

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