How to pin windows update to the taskbar in windows 7

The Windows operating system allows you to pin most software or apps directly to the taskbar for quick access, when you’re on the desktop. This however does not hold true for Windows Update. While it is simple to pin it to the Windows Start Screen or Windows Start Menu, it is not straightforward to pin it to the Taskbar. Today, we will see how to how to pin Windows Update icon to Taskbar and, Start Screen or Start Menu in Windows 10/8/7.

Pin Windows Update to Windows 10 Start Menu

Open Settings > Update and Security

Right-click on Windows Update and select Pin to Start

Pin Windows Update to Windows 10 Taskbar

Then drag the desktop shortcut to the taskbar.

Pin Windows Update to Windows 8 Start Screen or Windows 7 Start Menu

This is simple. Open Control Panel and right-click on Windows Update and select Pin to Start. You will see the shortcut pinned to your Start.

Pin Windows Update to the Windows 8/7 Taskbar

To do this, open Control Panel and then drag-and-drop Windows Update to your desktop. Alternatively, you could also select Create shortcut instead – and its shortcut will be created on your desktop.

Now right-click on the icon and chose ‘Properties’. Then, under the ‘Shortcut tab’ enter the following address for the Target field:

If this does not work for you, and you are unable to change the Target field, then do the following instead. Delete the just created desktop shortcut. Now, right-slick on Desktop > New > Shortcut.

In the location path, type the following, name it Windows Update and click Next:

A desktop shortcut will be created. Now right-click on the icon and chose ‘Properties’.

Under Shortcut tab, change the ‘Run’ menu to ‘Minimized‘. Click OK.

Next, click on Change icon and enter the icon path as:

Click Apply/OK. The icon will change.

Finally, right-click on the Windows Update icon on your Desktop screen. You should find the Pin to Taskbar option there now. Click on it. The shortcut will get pinned to your Taskbar. Else you could simply drag and drop it on to your Taskbar.

A single click on the taskbar icon will now open Windows Update settings directly.

Last Updated on April 23, 2019 by admin 14 Comments

Windows Explorer has been renamed to File Explorer in Windows 10/8, and the My Computer is now called This PC. In Windows 10, the File Explorer opens to the new Quick Access by default instead of This PC.

Although you can configure the File Explorer in Windows 10 to open to This PC instead of Quick Access, many users don’t want to change it as Quick Access shows recently opened files and frequently opened folders.

In Windows 10, when you right-click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, it will open the Quick Access. If you would like to open This PC quickly, you can consider pinning This PC to the taskbar in Windows 10.

Pin This PC to Windows 10 taskbar

Step 1: In the Start/taskbar search field, type This PC and then hit the Enter key to see This PC in search results.

Step 2: Right-click on This PC entry and then click the Pin to the taskbar option to pin This PC icon to the taskbar.

You can now click on the newly added This PC icon on the taskbar to quickly open This PC.

Pin computer icon to Windows 7 taskbar

One of the best features of Windows 7 is the new taskbar. It lets you pin programs to the taskbar, similar to pinning programs to Start menu in the earlier versions of the Windows operating system.

When you pin a favorite program to the taskbar, it can be easily accessed with a single click. If you want to have a clutter-free desktop, you might want to pin Computer and Recycle Bin icons to the Taskbar for the easy access.

But pinning the Computer icon to the taskbar is not possible by default. Generally, Windows 7 displays Pin to taskbar option when you right-click on a program, but you can’t see Pin to the taskbar option for Computer.

In order to pin Computer to Windows 7 taskbar, you need to do a small workaround. Here is how to:

1. First, right-click on Windows 7 desktop > New > Shortcut.

2. Enter the below address location of item filed, and click the Next button.

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

3. In the next window, type in a name for the shortcut (Ex: My Computer). Click on the Finish button to see a new shortcut icon on the desktop.

4. You can now drag and drop your new shortcut icon on to the taskbar to pin it. But if you want to decorate the new shortcut with the default Computer icon, you need to follow the next two steps.

5. Right-click on the shortcut icon (new icon), go to Properties. Click on change icon button and enter the below address in the file location box.


6. Now select the Computer icon and click the Apply button. Pin the icon to the taskbar either by right-clicking and selecting “Pin to Taskbar” option or by dragging the icon to the taskbar.

Just like pinning secondary tiles to Start, you can pin secondary tiles to the taskbar, giving your users quick access to content within your app.

Limited Access API: This API is a limited access feature. To use this API, please contact [email protected]

Requires October 2018 Update: You must target SDK 17763 and be running build 17763 or higher to pin to taskbar.


A secondary tile provides a consistent, efficient way for users to directly access specific areas within an app. Although a user chooses whether or not to “pin” a secondary tile to the taskbar, the pinnable areas in an app are determined by the developer. For more guidance, see Secondary tile guidance.

1. Determine if API exists and unlock Limited-Access

Older devices don’t have the taskbar pinning APIs (if you’re targeting older versions of Windows 10). Therefore, you shouldn’t display a pin button on these devices that aren’t capable of pinning.

Additionally, this feature is locked under Limited-Access. To gain access, contact Microsoft. API calls to TaskbarManager.RequestPinSecondaryTileAsync, TaskbarManager.IsSecondaryTilePinnedAsync, and TaskbarManager.TryUnpinSecondaryTileAsync will fail with an Access Denied exception. Apps are not allowed to use this API without permission, and the API definition may change at any time.

Use the ApiInformation.IsMethodPresent method to determine if the APIs are present. And then use the LimitedAccessFeatures API to try unlocking the API.

2. Get the TaskbarManager instance

Windows apps can run on a wide variety of devices; not all of them support the taskbar. Right now, only Desktop devices support the taskbar. Additionally, presence of the taskbar might come and go. To check whether taskbar is currently present, call the TaskbarManager.GetDefault method and check that the instance returned is not null. Don’t display a pin button if the taskbar isn’t present.

We recommend holding onto the instance for the duration of a single operation, like pinning, and then grabbing a new instance the next time you need to do another operation.

3. Check whether your tile is currently pinned to the taskbar

If your tile is already pinned, you should display an unpin button instead. You can use the IsSecondaryTilePinnedAsync method to check whether your tile is currently pinned (users can unpin it at any time). In this method, you pass the TileId of the tile you want to know is pinned.

4. Check whether pinning is allowed

Pinning to the taskbar can be disabled by Group Policy. The TaskbarManager.IsPinningAllowed property lets you check whether pinning is allowed.

When the user clicks your pin button, you should check this property, and if it’s false, you should display a message dialog informing the user that pinning is not allowed on this machine.

5. Construct and pin your tile

The user has clicked your pin button, and you’ve determined that the APIs are present, taskbar is present, and pinning is allowed. time to pin!

First, construct your secondary tile just like you would when pinning to Start. You can learn more about the secondary tile properties by reading Pin secondary tiles to Start. However, when pinning to taskbar, in addition to the previously required properties, Square44x44Logo (this is the logo used by taskbar) is also required. Otherwise, an exception will be thrown.

Then, pass the tile to the RequestPinSecondaryTileAsync method. Since this is under limited-access, this will not display a confirmation dialog and does not require a UI thread. But in the future when this is opened up beyond limited-access, callers not utilizing limited-access will receive a dialog and be required to use the UI thread.

This method returns a boolean value that indicates whether your tile is now pinned to the taskbar. If your tile was already pinned, the method updates the existing tile and returns true. If pinning wasn’t allowed or taskbar isn’t supported, the method returns false.

Enumerate tiles

To see all the tiles that you created and are still pinned somewhere (Start, taskbar, or both), use FindAllAsync. You can subsequently check whether these tiles are pinned to the taskbar and/or Start. If the surface isn’t supported, these methods return false.

Update a tile

To update an already pinned tile, you can use the SecondaryTile.UpdateAsync method as described in Updating a secondary tile.

Unpin a tile

Your app should provide an unpin button if the tile is currently pinned. To unpin the tile, simply call TryUnpinSecondaryTileAsync, passing in the TileId of the secondary tile you would like unpinned.

This method returns a boolean value that indicates whether your tile is no longer pinned to the taskbar. If your tile wasn’t pinned in the first place, this also returns true. If unpinning wasn’t allowed, this returns false.

If your tile was only pinned to taskbar, this will delete the tile since it is no longer pinned anywhere.

Delete a tile

If you want to unpin a tile from everywhere (Start, taskbar), use the RequestDeleteAsync method.

This is appropriate for cases where the content the user pinned is no longer applicable. For example, if your app lets you pin a notebook to Start and taskbar, and then the user deletes the notebook, you should simply delete the tile associated with the notebook.

Unpin only from Start

If you only want to unpin a secondary tile from Start while leaving it on Taskbar, you can call the StartScreenManager.TryRemoveSecondaryTileAsync method. This will similarly delete the tile if it is no longer pinned to any other surfaces.

This method returns a boolean value that indicates whether your tile is no longer pinned to Start. If your tile wasn’t pinned in the first place, this also returns true. If unpinning wasn’t allowed or Start isn’t supported, this returns false.

– Last updated on June 4, 2009 by VG

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8 and later OS versions.

Windows 7 allows you to pin your favorite programs to Taskbar so that you can access them quickly whenever you want. To pin a program to Taskbar you just need to right-click on its shortcut and select “Pin to Taskbar” option:

Here in this tutorial, we’ll learn how to pin various useful system shortcuts like Control Panel, My Computer, Recycle Bin, Programs and Features, etc to Windows 7 Taskbar.

So without wasting any time, here we start the tutorial:

1. First you’ll need to create a new shortcut. To do this, right-click on Desktop and select “New -> Shortcut“:

2. It’ll launch “Create Shortcut” wizard. Now you’ll need to enter the command to open desired system shortcut. You can use any of following commands to create the desired shortcut:

explorer shell:MyComputerFolder (for My Computer shortcut)
explorer shell:RecycleBinFolder (for Recycle Bin shortcut)
explorer shell:ControlPanelFolder (for Control Panel shortcut)
explorer shell:Administrative Tools (for Administrative Tools shortcut)
explorer shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder (for Programs and Features shortcut)
explorer shell:NetworkPlacesFolder (for Network shortcut)
explorer shell:Favorites (for Favorites shortcut)
explorer shell:HomegroupFolder (for Homegroup shortcut)
explorer shell:Games (for Games shortcut)
explorer shell:Fonts (for Fonts shortcut)
explorer shell:UserProfiles (for Users folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Profile (for your username folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Public (for Public folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Documents (for Documents shortcut)
explorer shell:Common Documents (for Public Documents shortcut)
explorer shell:My Music (for Music folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonMusic (for Public Music folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Pictures (for Pictures folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonPictures (for Public Pictures folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Video (for Videos folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonVideo (for Public Videos folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Downloads (for Downloads folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonDownloads (for Public Downloads folder shortcut)
explorer shell. (for Flip 3D or Window Switcher shortcut)

3. After entering the command, click on “Next” button. Now enter a meaningful name for your new shortcut and click on “Finish” button.

4. It’ll create a new shortcut on Desktop:

5. Now its time to change the new shortcut icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties“. Click on “Change Icon” button.

6. Now you can browse and select any desired icon. We’ll recommend to use imageres.dll file for selecting new icon as this file contains lots of good looking icons:

7. After selecting the new icon, click on OK and then Apply the changes.

8. Now you just need to pin this new shortcut to Taskbar. You can either drag-n-drop the shortcut to Taskbar or right-click on the shortcut and select “Pin to Taskbar” option:

9. That’s it. You can pin as many shortcuts as you want to Taskbar using this tutorial:

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About the author: Vishal Gupta (also known as VG) has been awarded with Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award. He holds Masters degree in Computer Applications (MCA). He has written several tech articles for popular newspapers and magazines and has also appeared in tech shows on various TV channels.


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I used this tutorial a while ago to put a Computer shortcut on my taskbar. Recently, I used your “How to Customize Default Places Bar in Windows Common File Dialog Box” tutorial. After making those changes, my Computer shortcut on the taskbar takes me to My Documents instead. Any idea why this is happening, or how I can fix it? I tried re-making the Computer shortcut but it still does the same thing.

Actually, now that I think about it, it’s also happening on my home computer, and I didn’t make the other change there. Any idea why this shortcut is suddenly behaving differently on 2 different PCs? It seemingly started at the same time.

^^ You must have used some kind of registry tweak or a tweaking software which made this change.

I used to use this strategy to pin My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc. to my taskbar, but I then realized it opens up a seperate explorer.exe every time you click one of them. They don’t like to close down the process either.

Anyone else notice that?

How can you make sure that Computer is always exploded in the layout pane (on the left). Sometimes it is, other times it’s not, and you have to click on the “+”.

This is another case where something so easy as dragging and dropping the My Computer Icon onto the taskbar is made more difficult by Windows 7… BUT thanks for the tip.

This is really awesome Site. It was so irritating to create shortcut for Computer. I wasted much time for that. Finally I got solution Here. Awesome Job Man.

Thanks for the help! Just getting used to Windows 8 and it’s frustrating how such menial little tasks change from version to version.

Thanks for the really easy solution.
I have just pinned a folder shortcut to my taskbar, after a first try where my windows 7 refused my pin to the taskbar attempt.
I have one remark: You can better not add “explorer” to the shortcut. If you open the shortcut a few times you will have multiple “explorer.exe”‘s in your taskmanager running, which are all CPU consuming.

This is for Scott Any spaces in the location description?

I know this post ain’t so new here, but lemme give a another way in here. Well to get a My Computer Shortcut, or This PC, for Windows 8.1
Simply do this;
1. Right click on the desk top and select Personalize
2. Then on the Top Left Corner, You’ll find
– Control Panel Home
– Change Desktop icon
– Change mouse pointers
3. Now Select Change Desktop icons
4. Now you’ll get all the initial Desktop default icons there
5. Uncheck or check the ones you wanna use
6. Click OK, of Apply
7. Use Drag and Drop to Fix them the Taskbar.
8. Or else you can use search, then type in the app, right click on it, the select pin to Taskbar.

For Windows 10 (easier way) –
Go to search and type whatever you want.
Right click on the item and select Pin To Taskbar

Published by Timothy Tibbetts on 10/17/2019

Windows 10 will show a Taskbar icon when a Windows Update is ready to install. There are a few ways to disable the Taskbar icon, assuming you’re aware of the importance of Windows Updates.

1: Right-Click

The easiest, and temporary way, to hide the notification would be to right-click on the notification and click on Hide for now.

We prefer this method because the icon is only temporarily hidden, so you don’t forget to install the latest Windows Updates.

2: Taskbar Settings

Click on Start > Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.

Click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Find Windows Update status and toggle on or off.

Note that if a Windows Update is already pending, this option will not be available.

3: Edit the Registry

Open the Registry Editor and jump to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings.

Right-click on the right windows and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name the new DWORD TrayIconVisibility.

Double-click on TrayIconVisibility and verify the ValueData is 0.

To enable Windows Update tray notifications, delete the TrayIconVisibility DWORD you created.

The taskbar in Windows 11 is very versatile. Pinning an application to the taskbar means you have a conveniently located shortcut to that application. You can pin myriads of things to the taskbar. You can launch apps pinned to the taskbar with a single click.

You might want, or even need, a frequently used application pinned to the taskbar. You might need quick access to files, folders, drives, or even specific web pages. You can do so by pinning them to the taskbar.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of pinning various applications and icons to the taskbar. Please continue reading.

Pin Open App to the Taskbar

When you launch an app, its icon automatically gets populated in the taskbar. For unpinned icons, this gets removed when you close the app. However, if you pin it to the taskbar, it stays there even after you’ve closed the app. To pin an open app to the taskbar, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the app’s icon in the taskbar
  2. Right-click on it
  3. Select Pin to taskbar

Pin Any App to the Taskbar

If you want to pin an app to the taskbar without launching it, you can do so.

  1. Press Start button
  2. Click on All apps> button near the top right corner
  3. Scroll to find the app you would like to pin to the taskbar
  4. Right-click on it
  5. Select More
  6. Select Pin to taskbar

Use Context Menu to Pin an App to the Taskbar

You can also pin any app from outside of the Start menu by utilizing the context menu. To do so, please follow the steps below:

  1. Find the icon or shortcut of the app that you would like to pin to the taskbar
  2. Right-click on it
  3. On the context menu, click on Show more options
  4. Click on Pin to taskbar

Pin a File or a Folder to the Taskbar

You can also pin your most frequently used file(s) and folder(s) to the taskbar. Please follow these steps:

  1. Navigate the file, or the folder you want to pin to the taskbar
  2. Right-click on it and select Show more options
  3. Select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
  4. Go to the desktop and find the shortcut that was just created
  5. Right-click on the shortcut and click on Properties
  6. In the Shortcut tab, look for a description called Target
  7. Inside the box, add explorer and a space in front of the target path
  8. Select Apply and then Okay
  9. Right-click on the shortcut icon again and this time select Show more options
  10. Click on Pin to taskbar

This should pin your folder to the taskbar. We recommend changing the icon of the shortcut before pinning it to the taskbar since the default icon is shared with File Explorer, which is pinned to taskbar by default.

Pin Documents to the Taskbar

You can pin Documents to the taskbar as well. However, creating shortcut for it is not as straightforward as it is for files and folders. To create a shortcut to Documents:

  1. Navigate to C:\Users\ \
  2. Right click on Documents
  3. Select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)

This will create a desktop shortcut of Documents. You can then follow the method outlined in the pinning file or folder to taskbar to complete the remaining steps.

Viola! You have a pinned icon to Documents in the taskbar.

Pin a Website to the Taskbar While Using Microsoft Edge

You can pin a website to the taskbar. This will let you launch that website faster the next time you want to visit it. To do so from Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below :

  • Launch Microsoft Edge
  • Type the website URL in the address bar and press enter
  • Click on the ellipses (three dots) near the top right corner
  • Click on More tools
  • Click on Pin to taskbar

Pin a Website to the Taskbar While Using Google Chrome

Google Chrome is currently the most popular browser. You can also pin a website to the taskbar while using Google Chrome. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Sign into your Google account
  3. Type in the URL of the webpage in the address bar and press enter
  4. Click on ellipses (three dots) near the top right corner and choose More tools
  5. Click on Create shortcut. This creates a shortcut to the webpage in the desktop.
  6. Go to desktop and find the newly created shortcut icon; Right click on the shortcut
  7. Click on Pin to taskbar

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Pin Steam Games to Taskbar Windows 11?

You can easily pin Steam to the taskbar in Windows 11 using the method for pinning file/folder to the taskbar. To launch a particular game in your steam library, use the following steps:

  1. Create a desktop shortcut to the steam app.
  2. Right-click on the shortcut and click properties
  3. In the Shortcut tab, navigate to Target area
  4. In Target area, append -applaunch -nosplash

To find the APPID of your steam game:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Go to the Library tab and scroll to the game you want
  3. Right-click and select Properties
  4. Go to the Updates tab and look for APPID

How to Pin to Taskbar Windows 10?

You can pin any application that you want to the taskbar in Windows 10. To do so, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Find the app icon that you want to pin to the Windows 10 taskbar
  2. Right-click on it
  3. Click on Pin to the taskbar

How to Unpin From Taskbar Windows 11?

To unpin icons from the taskbar:

  1. Find the icon you want to unpin from the taskbar
  2. Right-click on it
  3. Click Unpin from the taskbar

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  • Before anyone says this is impossible, it’s not. I had it set up like this before and I reinstalled Windows, now I can’t get it back to the way it was. I know it was a pain the first time around too, though.

    Ok, basically, I want a taskbar icon that, when clicked, opens up one of my harddrives. When I click this icon, I want the window to open using that icon, not as a separate item in the taskbar. For example, see attached images. likethis.png is what it should do when I click to open it, notlikethis.png is what it should not do (the little mp3 player icon is the E: drive shortcut, opening the window changes the icon to a harddrive).

    Now, if I change the target of the shortcut to this:

    C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e, /root,E:

    Then it works like it should, however, there’s a problem: I want more than one shortcut. The other shortcut is to an FTP site. I actually thought to save the original shortcut from before I reinstalled Windows, and the target for it is this:

    C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e, /root,[noparse]ftp://username [email protected]/[/noparse]

    (with the actual site and credentials obviously being changed here) This also works as it should, opening the window using the icon. Here’s the problem though, both work when they’re the only ones on the taskbar, but if I put them both on the taskbar at the same time, then whichever one I added first takes precedence. By that I mean that if I add the shortcut to the E: drive, then add the shortcut to the FTP site, clicking the E: drive shortcut opens the window using the correct icon, but clicking the FTP site shortcut opens the window using the E: drive icon.

    I know this may sound like a trivial little thing, but it’s possible, I know it is, and it’s just how I want it set up.

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    1. Taskbar Registry settings
    2. Deploy with Group Policy Preferences
    3. Deploy with a logon script only
    4. Freeze the Taskbar
    5. Summary

    Considering that I’ve written three posts about the pinning of apps to the Taskbar, you might think everything has been said already. Well, almost. Let’s recap what we’ve learned so far. In my first post in this series, I described the official way of removing the Store app from the Taskbar, which essentially means that you have to disable the Windows Store app altogether. Then, I showed you how to pin and unpin apps on the Taskbar with a PowerShell script, and in another post I demonstrated how you can use this method in a logon script to unpin the Windows Store app.

    These solutions all pertain to adding or removing a certain program to or from the Taskbar. However, the methods I discuss today allow you to configure the Taskbar with multiple pinned programs and ensure that users can’t change this setting. Such a configuration makes sense in an environment where all users log on with the same user name, such as on kiosk computers. Or perhaps some of your users work only with a few programs and you want to ensure that these apps are always pinned to the Taskbar without the possibility of users playing with these settings.

    Of course, you can also deploy a particular Taskbar configuration with your OS image. But this is a different topic. Today, we just focus on how to change the Taskbar after you deploy Windows.

    Taskbar Registry settings ^

    The configuration of all pinned apps is stored in a Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Taskband.

    Taskband – Registry settings of the pinned apps on the Taskbar

    As you can see in the screenshot, the Registry entries are rather cryptic. Thus, you can’t just edit the Registry manually to configure the Taskbar. However, you can configure the Taskbar on a reference machine, export the Taskband Registry key, and then deploy the corresponding REG file.

    Deploy with Group Policy Preferences ^

    In a previous post, I explained how you can convert the REG file into an XML file and then import the Registry settings into Group Policy Preferences. This also works with the Taskband Registry key; however, your users will only get the new configuration after they log on the second time. The reason is that Group Policy Preferences deploys Registry settings after Windows Explorer is already loaded. If you restart File Explorer through the Task Manager after the first logon, the Taskbar will load the new settings right away.

    Hence, one way to deploy your Taskbar configuration is to restart Explorer right after the user logs on with a logon script. You could do this with a little batch script:

    You should use the Group Policy User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon for this purpose because the logon scripts in the Windows Settings Group Policy run too early in the logon process.

    Run these programs at user logon

    The procedure described so far only works with Modern apps. Windows handles shortcuts for desktop applications and Modern apps differently. Whenever you pin a desktop application to the Taskbar, Windows adds the corresponding shortcut to the folder %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\.

    Thus, in addition to the Registry settings, you have copy the shortcut of the desktop application to this folder. If you don’t do this, users will see the application pinned to the Taskbar; however, when they click it, they will get the error message “Can’t open this item.” This problem doesn’t exist for Modern apps.

    “Can’t open this item” message

    You could copy the shortcut with Group Policy Preferences or in your logon script that restarts Explorer. The example below shows what your batch script might look like if you want to pin Notepad to the Taskbar:

    In addition, you have to deploy Registry settings discussed above with Group Policy Preferences.

    The solution has two downsides. One is that the user will see a command window pop up after logon. Perhaps even more problematic is restarting Explorer after the user logs on. If the user manages to start an application before your script runs, this can cause problems.

    Deploy with a logon script only ^

    A better solution is to work without Group Policy Preferences and to deploy the Registry settings in the logon script. In this case, you work with the logon script configuration under User Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff).

    Windows Settings – Logon scripts

    This is the corresponding sample batch script:

    The first line deploys the Registry settings that contain the pinned apps of your Taskband configuration. The user won’t notice anything and will get the correct the Taskbar settings right after logon.

    A problem with this method is that it only works if File Explorer is started after the Registry settings have been deployed. Hence, you should enable the Group Policy Run logon scripts synchronously, which you can find in User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Scripts. During my tests, the logon scripts always worked without this setting, but I wouldn’t count on it. A downside of this policy is that it can slow down the logon process.

    Run logon scripts synchronously

    I think this case demonstrates nicely that Group Policy Preferences can’t always replace logon scripts.

    Freeze the Taskbar ^

    Thus far, we only ensured that users will always get the same Taskbar configuration after they log on. They can still pin and unpin apps to the Taskbar during a session. In some environments, that might make sense. However, if you don’t want to frustrate your users because their Taskbar configuration always changes back to the original setting, you might want to prevent users from changing the pinned apps. This can be done with the Group Policy setting Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar, which you can find under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

    Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar

    Note that this policy doesn’t change the programs currently pinned to the Taskbar. It just removes Pin this program to the Taskbar and Unpin this program from the Taskbar from the context menu when you right-click a Taskbar icon. Also note that the policy doesn’t interfere with the deployment methods described above. Thus, you can still deploy a new REG file with your Taskbar settings without disabling this policy.

    Summary ^

    If running logon scripts synchronously doesn’t cause slow logons in your environment, I would go for the method without Group Policy Preferences. In any case, I recommend testing the deployment process in the lab until you are sure you understand what you are doing. Pinning and unpinning programs to the Taskbar programmatically is not supported by Microsoft and can be quite tricky.

    Taskbar can be quite convenient for us to launch applications whenever we need. But sometimes we may want to hide it for full-screen play or just for larger screen space. Whether to keep the taskbar always on the top or hide it depends on your needs.

    There are a few users reporting that after Windows 10 update, the taskbar always shows up on top of all program windows and they are wondering how to disable that, while other users might be curious about how to keep the taskbar always on top in their Windows 7/8 and even Windows 10. Here you are. This how-to article will show you the ways of both keeping and hiding your taskbar in Windows.

    Part 1. How to Make Taskbar Always on Top in Windows 10, 8, 7

    The setting of making taskbar always on top in Windows 10 is a little bit different from that in Windows 8 and 7. Choose the one that suits your system version.

    1. Uncheck Automatically Hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode (For Windows 10)
    Step 1. Right-click the taskbar on a blank space and select “Taskbar settings”. Or you can also open the “Taskbar settings” through: Start menu > Settings > Personalization, and select “Taskbar” in the left menu.

    Step 2. Toggle off “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”. By turning off this feature, as long as your computer is in desktop mode, the taskbar will always on top.

    Step 3. This is an extra step in which you can choose the location of the taskbar. In the option of “Taskbar location on screen”, you are able to determine where the taskbar appears, at the bottom of the whole screen, or the top, or even along one of the sides.

    2. Uncheck Auto-hide the Taskbar (For Windows 8/7)
    Step 1. In Windows 7, right-click on the blank space of the taskbar and select “Properties”. In Windows 8, open Start menu and select “Desktop”.

    Step 2. Locate “Taskbar” tab, and then uncheck “Auto-hide the taskbar”.

    Step 3. Click “Apply” at the bottom right of the window and click “OK” to save the settings.

    Part 2. How to Disable Taskbar Always on Top in Windows 10, 8, 7

    Obviously, the opposite side of turning on is turning off. You can simply try the two ways mentioned in Part 1 to hide your taskbar: In Windows 10, toggle on “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” in “Taskbar settings”; in Windows 7/8, check “Auto-hide the taskbar” under the “Taskbar” tab either in “Properties” or “Desktop”.
    If these solutions unfortunately haven’t helped you solve the problem, or if the taskbar still appears on top of all other windows after you’ve turned on the auto-hide, here are other three workarounds to help you disable the taskbar always on top in Windows 10, and Windows 7/8.

    Solution 1. Unpin Applications on Taskbar
    Unpin the applications or windows you’ve fixed them on the taskbar. If the problem is fixed after the unpinning, you may pin them back on the taskbar again. This solution is both available in either Windows 10 or Windows 7/8.

    Solution 2. Cascade Windows
    If you are working on Windows 10 and the Solution 1 doesn’t help you, you can try this one:
    Right-click the taskbar on a blank space.
    Click on “Cascade windows” to turn it on.

    Solution 3. Reset Explorer.exe

    In Windows 7/8, there is also another workaround worth trying: reset the explorer.

    • Right click on the blank space of the taskbar and select “Task Manager”.
    • In the pop-up window, locate “explorer.exe”. (If you don’t see that, click on “More information”)
    • Right click on “explorer.exe” and select End Processor. Then click File to add a new task of “explorer.exe”.

    Do you get along well with your taskbar with the workarounds mentioned in this article? If you find this how-to guide is helpful, welcome to share it with your friends and family!


    Well that’s about a worthless article. OF course it is on top when you uncheck the option to hide it. I want it to auto-hide but when it pops up, I want it to be on top, duh. What an idiotic article and a waste of time.

    agreed, I simple want it to go behind everything and be and stay on the desk top level. I dont need it always on top.

    were you reading article right.

    This article is talking about Windows Update perma-topping the taskbar no matter what you do.

    Manually closing explorer.exe and reopening it fixed this issue for me. Now I can finally watch movies full screen without the taskbar. Thanks 🙂

    Except it comes up as the only answer for those of us who want to auto-hide the task bar, but are sick and tired of when we mouse down to it, it doesn’t show up, because it’s coming up BEHIND the explorer/whatever windows that are there, so we can’t see it.
    Assuming it’s coming up at all when we mouse over where it should be.

    None of these solutions work for me. I know how to hide the taskbar and thats how i’ve always had it set. Thats not my issue. As of recently everything worked ok, but for some reason now, when i mouse over where the taskbar should be (when a window is open) nothing happens. My taskbar does not come up in FRONT of the opened window. Its coming up, but behind the window. I’ve tried everything outside of a fresh install. It’s annoying that i have to either alt+tab when there are multiple windows open or use the Windows key to even get to the taskbar.

    This didn’t work. Mine is ALWAYS hidden unless I press Cntl-Esc. I have exactly the settings displayed here.

    If you frequently have to access some items in the Control Panel, it would be convenient to have them pinned at the taskbar. Unfortunately, pinning Control Panel items to the taskbar is not as easy as pinning normal applications. This tutorial will show you how to truly pin Control Panel items to the taskbar.

    Normally, when you drag a Control Panel item to the taskbar, it will be pinned to the Jump list of the Control Panel instead. Let’s get rid of it!

    1. Click on the Start menu Orb -> Control Panel.

    2. Drag the item you want to pin to the taskbar to the desktop to create a shortcut. This shortcut can not be pinned directly to the taskbar.

    3. Right-click on the shortcut and choose Copy.

    4. Right-click on your desktop, and go to New -> Shortcut.

    5. In the Create shortcut window, paste the location of the shortcut to the location field. After that, add explorer (with a space) to the beginning of the line.

    6. Hit Next to process to the next step.

    7. Give the shortcut a name, and hit Finish.

    8. Now, we have a Bitlocker shortcut that can be pinned to the taskbar. However, its icon is the Explorer one. Fortunately, you can change the icon by right-clicking on it, and choose properties.

    9. Click Change Icon…. button in the Properties window.

    10. You can choose your custom icon by clicking on the Browse… button, and point to your icon. In this tutorial, I will use the normal Bitlocker icon which is located in the fvecpl.dll file.

    11. Close all remaining Properties window, and pin the shortcut to the taskbar.

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    This tutorial teaches you how to pin a website to Windows 10 taskbar, be it Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browser. Aside from computer tips and solutions, MiniTool Software also releases some useful software for Windows, incl. MiniTool Power Data Recovery, MiniTool Partition Manager, MiniTool ShadowMaker, MiniTool MovieMaker, etc.

    If you want to quickly access the websites that you need to frequently visit, you can pin the website to Windows 10 taskbar. Check how to pin a website to taskbar on Windows 10. This post gives a guide for Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge browser, etc.

    How to Pin a Website to Taskbar – Google Chrome

    Step 1. Open the target website in Google Chrome browser. Click the three-dot icon at the upper-right corner, click More tools and click Create shortcut.

    Step 2. In the pop-up Create Shortcut window, you can change the name for the shortcut, and click Create button to create a desktop shortcut for this website. You can tick the Open as window option before you click Create button, and this allows you to open this website in its own window.

    Step 3. Then you can right-click the desktop shortcut you created for the website and click Pin to Taskbar option to pin the website to taskbar. If you want to pin the website to Start, you can choose Pin to Start option.

    After this, next time you want to visit this website, you can click its icon at Windows 10 taskbar to quickly open it.

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    How to Pin a Website to Taskbar – Firefox

    Step 1. You can right-click Firefox desktop shortcut and select Properties. In its properties window, you can check the file location of Firefox app. Copy the Firefox app location to a place for later usage.

    Step 2. Next you can right-click the blank area on desktop and click New -> Shortcut to open Create Shortcut window.

    Step 3. Then you can type the full path of Firefox app in the box and add the target website URL after it. Click Next and type a name for the shortcut and click Create to create a shortcut.

    Step 4. At last, you can right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar. You can then deleted the shortcut on desktop if you want.

    Now you can click the website icon at the taskbar to quickly open the website in Firefox browser.

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    How to Pin a Website to Taskbar – Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge browser lets you easily pin a website to Windows 10 taskbar.

    • You can open Microsoft Edge browser and open the target website in Edge.
    • Next you can click the three-dot icon at the upper-right corner and select Pin This Page to Taskbar If you want to add this website to Start menu, you can click More Tools -> Pin This Page to Start option.

    If you use the new Microsoft Edge Chromium browser, it’s also very easy to add a webpage to taskbar.

    • You can open the target website in the new Chromium-based Edge browser.
    • Click the three-dot icon and click More tools -> Pin to taskbar to pin your favorite website to Windows 10 taskbar.


    If you want to pin a website to taskbar, this post provides detailed guides for how to pin a website to taskbar for Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Hope it helps.

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    1. Introduction

    In Windows 7, Microsoft has significantly redesigned one of the most essential parts of Windows user interface – the taskbar. Users got a lot of new features and facilities, like Pin, Peek, Jump Lists, and more.

    However, even the new Windows 7 still has no special tools for a multiple displays environment. One of the most obvious and wanted features is the ability to extend the new taskbar across all available displays: multi-monitor users would like to have the new task management features on secondary monitors as well.

    General Windows 7 taskbar on dual monitors

    Although there are several third party solutions that allow duplicating the taskbar on secondary monitors, they still have no or just partial support of the new taskbar features presented in Windows 7. Actual Multiple Monitors is the first and only multi-monitor software that provides the exact replica of Windows 7 Taskbar on secondary displays.

    2. Multi-monitor Taskbar: Windows 7 Features

    After installation, Actual Multiple Monitors immediately adds a copy of the main Windows Taskbar to each secondary monitor. Each copy supports the following features:

    2.1. Essential Controls: Start Button, Notification Area (System Tray), Show Desktop Button

    Having such essential controls as the Start button, the notification area (a.k.a. system tray) with the clock and the Show Desktop button in a second monitor’s taskbar eliminates the necessity to drag the mouse to the primary monitor each time you need to perform one of the following common tasks:

    • launch a program fr om the Start Menu
    • access some background program’s icon in the notification area
    • open the Date and Time Properties dialog
    • peer past all open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop

    With Actual Multiple Monitors , you can perform any of these tasks while working with any display.

    Taskbar with its essential controls on a second monitor

    2.2. Pin

    Pin feature is a smart replacement of the Quick Launch toolbar: it allows having certain application icons persistent on the leftmost position in the taskbar. Each icon allows both launching the pinned application and activating it (when it’s launched already).

    In Actual Multiple Monitors , you can have different sets of pinned applications on different monitors. You can pin an icon in any of the following ways:

    via context menu command

    via drag-n-drop of the application’s shortcut

    2.3. Live Previews and Aero Peek

    Live Taskbar Previews are actual thumbnail images of open windows. A preview appears when you hover over a taskbar button for a while. Previews support the Aero Peek feature: hover over a certain window’s preview to quickly reveal that window buried somewhere on the desktop.

    Aero Peek on second monitor’s taskbar

    Actual Multiple Monitors taskbars have the full support for Live Previews: they appear for single buttons, for group buttons (multi-preview with a thumbnail for each window in the group) and for tabbed web browsers (multi-preview with a thumbnail for each browser’s tab).

    Multi-preview for several Internet Explorer tabs opened on a second monitor

    2.4. Jump Lists

    Jump Lists give you a quick access to the recent files and common tasks of a certain application via its taskbar button (either usual or pinned). To call a Jump List, just right-click the required icon in the taskbar (note that the old system window menu can be called using the Shift-RightClick combination).

    Jump List for a Windows Media Player button

    Actual Multiple Monitors shows the Jump Lists on secondary taskbars as well.

    2.5. Taskbar Toolbars

    Actual Multiple Monitors allows adding any toolbars onto second monitor’s taskbar, including the standard toolbars (like Quick Launch, Address, Desktop, Windows Media Player, etc.) and any custom ones.

    Secondary taskbar’s context menu for managing toolbars

    2.6. Visual Enhancements

    Secondary taskbars in Actual Multiple Monitors support such small but visually appealing features as colorized highlighting for a button under the mouse and progress bars on buttons’ background showing a progress for actual application’s task (downloading a web page, writing a DVD, packing files, converting a video, etc.).

    3. Multi-monitor Taskbar: Additional Features

    3.1. Individual/Mirror Mode

    Multi-monitor Taskbar can work in two different modes: individual (default) and mirror. In individual mode, each taskbar displays the buttons only for windows which are on the same monitor. This mode is recommended if you would like to treat your monitors as separate desktops devoted to different activities.

    Multi-monitor Taskbar in individual mode

    In mirror mode, all taskbars display all open windows no matter what monitor a particular window is on (i.e. all taskbars show the same set of buttons). This can be useful if you have some of your displays installed and would like to control all running applications from any display.

    Multi-monitor Taskbar in mirror mode

    3.2. Group Window Operations

    Secondary taskbar’s context menu provides the commands to manipulate several windows at once (“subject monitor” mentioned below is the monitor wh ere you invoked particular command):

    Secondary taskbar’s context menu

    Minimize all/Restore all commands – if you are using the individual mode then you can quickly minimize all open windows on the subject monitor and restore them back in a single click (in mirror mode windows will be minimized/restored on all monitors at once). You can use the Aero Shake feature as well

    Gather all windows here command – puts windows from all monitors onto the subject monitor

    Get here all windows from command/submenu – retrieves all windows from a specified monitor and puts them onto the subject monitor

    Send all windows from here to command/submenu – transfers all windows from the subject monitor to a specified one

    4. Conclusion

    With the release of Windows 7, users got a lot of new task management features but with the release of Actual Multiple Monitors everyone can extend the new functions to all available displays. At the moment, Actual Multiple Monitors is the only software that extends Windows 7 taskbar to secondary monitors and replicates it as exact as possible.

    The Windows taskbar is a very useful and handy area where you can pin your most used apps. After pinning your favorite apps, you can access them with a single click, and there is no need to search for them in the Start Menu. Of all the applications you can pin to the taskbar, File Explorer is usually the first and foremost application to pin as it provides easy access to the Windows file system.

    Though you can pin the File Explorer, you cannot directly pin your most used or favorite folders like Downloads, Documents, Work, etc. Sure, we can add those folders to the Jump Lists, but it won’t be as convenient as pinning it to the taskbar. Here is a simple way to pin custom folders to the taskbar.

    Note: though I’m showing this in Windows 10, the same procedure is applicable in Windows 7 and 8.

    Pin Custom Folders to the Taskbar in Windows

    Even though it is not straightforward, it is very easy to pin folders to the taskbar. All you have to do is create a custom shortcut and then add it to the taskbar. To start, right-click on your desktop and select the option “New -> Shortcut.”

    The above action will open the “Create Shortcut” window. Here we need to add the path of the folder to create the shortcut. Click on the “Browse” button to select the folder.

    Find and select the folder for which you want to create the shortcut and click on the “OK” button. In my case that would be my Work Folder.

    In the main window you will see that the folder path is added. In the path field add explorer at the beginning of the string as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button to continue.

    Enter the name of the shortcut and click “Finish” to complete the procedure.

    Now simply drag and drop the newly created shortcut onto the taskbar.

    As soon as you drag and drop, your custom folder will be pinned to the taskbar. Simply click on the icon, and your target folder will be launched. There will be no more moving back and forth in the File Explorer to reach the folder you want.

    If you have multiple folders that you want to pin to the taskbar, then having the same default File Explorer icon for all your folders can confuse things. In those situations you need to change the icon so that it is easy to differentiate one folder from the next.

    To add a custom icon right-click on the newly-created shortcut and select “Properties.”

    In the folder properties window click on the “Change Icon” button.

    The above action will open the “Change Icon” window. Here, select the icon you want from the displayed icons and click on the “OK” button. If you don’t like the displayed icons, you can add your own.

    To add your custom icon, download the icon of your choice in the ICO format. If you already have an image in another format, then convert it to the ICO format using this free web tool. Once you have the icon, click on the Browse button and select the icon, then click the “OK” button.

    Again, click on the “OK” button in the main window.

    Once you have saved the changes, the icon will be applied.

    Just as before, drag and drop it onto the taskbar, and it will be pinned to the taskbar.

    Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to pin custom folders to the taskbar in Windows.

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