Pin Individual Folders to the Windows® 7 Taskbar
Sometimes users need to work on several Windows simultaneously, and require to clean the taskbar. In Windows 7 taskbar, you can pin any running program to the taskbar for easy access, but it treats folders like second-class sub-items of the Windows Explorer icon. To pin individual folder shortcuts to your taskbar, you can create a fake application.
If you are trying to pin a specific folder to your taskbar, then it may result in being pinned instead to the Windows Explorer folder icon as an item you can access from a right-click. The jump lists can be helpful and productive, but that is just not as easy as just popping open your pictures.
To get around Windows 7 shortcut shield, by creating a dummy text file and giving it a recognizable icon, you can create a new pseudo-application linked to your destination. It is like the old Windows Explorer and desktop hack on which Windows users have been relying for years.
For quick launching, Windows 7 by default pins any program to the taskbar, but it gets more difficult if you want to pin something that isn't an application.
- Create a shortcut of that item and save it somewhere so that you can find it easily.
- Now create a shortcut to that shortcut and add the 'explorer' word before its path.
- Then you have a shortcut which you can pin to the taskbar.
Note: The addition of the word "explorer" described above is basically making the shortcut into an application shortcut.
You can open Windows Explorer by hitting Win+R and typing explorer, so that seems to be how this method makes pinning possible. You enjoy your pinned item free-for-all by hitting up the full post for a very detailed rundown.
Although the evolutionary taskbar started with Windows 1.0, there has been significant improvement in its architectural design since then, which has helped in enhancing the user productivity.
Besides being simplified, the taskbar of Windows 7 saves time and screen space. It organizes running applications in a systematic way and helps enable faster switching of windows. In a nutshell, the taskbar of Windows 7 has been greatly improved in every aspect and gives users a better experience. If you are still not impressed by the new taskbar, you have the freedom to switch back to the previous one.