Another Way to Pin Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

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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, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.

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