Pin Items to the Taskbar

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated September 21, 2020)

The taskbar holds all your open windows, plus applications that you may want to quickly launch in a single click. As such, if there are applications that you frequent, you can pin them to the taskbar and have them be just a click away. Pinning an application to the taskbar is very easy. Navigate to the application that you want to pin, right-click it, and select "Pin to Taskbar" from the context menu. The item that you pinned doesn't move, but you'll now see it also in the taskbar: (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Pinning a folder to the taskbar.

And you don't have to settle for the order that File Explorer keeps your pinned items. You can drag/drop items on the taskbar to place them in the order you like by clicking on an item, and while holding down the mouse key drag it to another location on the taskbar. When you release the mouse key, the item will be repositioned.

Finally, if you later wish to remove an item from the taskbar, you right-click the item and select "Unpin from taskbar." The item still retains its availability in its original location on disk, but its taskbar entry is removed: (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Unpinning an item from the taskbar.

 This tip (13459) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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