Windows 10: How To Pin Shortcut To Taskbar When There’s No “Pin To Taskbar” Option


This is how to put to pin a shortcut to your taskbar in Windows 10 Home:

Windows 10 Home doesn’t allow you pin folders to the taskbar “out of the box.” Microsoft did add the ability to pin folders to the taskbar in the first preview build of Windows 10, but sadly, the feature is not part of the final build of Windows 10.

Even though one can access frequently used files and folders by right-clicking on the Explorer or file explorer icon in the taskbar, Windows 10 doesn’t let users pin folders to the taskbar “out of the box.”

How To Add Folders To Taskbar In Windows 10 Home

The good thing is that it’s possible to pin folders to the Windows 10 taskbar without the help of third-party utilities. For instance, you can pin Downloads, Pictures, Videos and any other folder that you access very often can be pinned to the taskbar. The other advantage of this method is that you can open these pinned folders with keyboard shortcuts (Windows key + 1-9). Follow the directions given below to pin a folder to taskbar in Windows 10 Home.

Step 1: Right-click on the folder that you would like to pin to the taskbar, click “Send to” and then click “Desktop (create shortcut)” to create a shortcut of the folder on the desktop.

Step 2: Once the folder shortcut is on the desktop, right-click on the shortcut of the folder and then click Properties to open the same.

Step 3: Under the Shortcut tab, in the Target filed (see video above), you need to add the word “Explorer” just before the actual target. Make sure there is a space between “Explorer” and the actual entry as shown in the video above.

Bonus: For Internet shortcuts, you can try using (without the quotation marks) “cmd /c start” {the URL you want to open} instead of the word “Explorer”.

For example, if the actual target is “C:\\blog” you need to make it “Explorer C:\\blog”.

Once you’ve changed the target, click the “Apply” button.

Step 4: Now, you’ll be able to right-click on the shortcut and select “Pin to taskbar” to pin to the taskbar. When you pin the shortcut to the taskbar, notice that the File Explorer icon will appear instead of the actual folder icon.

Optional tweak: If you wish to change the folder icon of the shortcut, right-click on the shortcut on the desktop, click Properties, under Shortcut tab, click Change icon button, select an icon, click OK, and then click Apply button. Finally, pin it to the taskbar.

One would think that this would be easier than it actually is, but apparently not. I hope this helps!

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    • Thank you for the heads up, Davis S!
      For Internet shortcuts, (see step 3) you can try using (without the quotation marks):
      “cmd /c start” {the URL you want to open}
      … Instead of the word “Explorer”.
      Hopefully that helps. 😉

      • Keep in mind that that would automatically use the default web browser. If you have to use a different browser for the specific URL it would need different code.

        Let’s say your default is Chrome and you also have an MSIE taskbar icon, but you want a site that requires MSIE. You can’t pin 2 copies of the same program to the taskbar, so you would probably have to use the \Taskbar-Duplicates approach. Of course, there’s no requirement to use that specific folder, so you could probably just create a copy of the browser under a different name, in its home folder, e.g., copy iexplore.exe to iexplore-2.exe.

        In that case, it would be best to use a name that obviously isn’t part of the OS and obviously isn’t pretending to be, e.g., iexplore-copy2.exe

  1. Please disregard my previous reply. I had removed the URL shortcut (Yahoo) from my desktop, so naturally the shortcut I had pinned to taskbar couldn’t find it. Duhhh. BTW you can find several Yahoo icons on the web. Be sure of course to download the .ico version of the icon. Your procedure using the Explorer preface to the target on your desktop works like a charm. Many thanks!

  2. Hi, I am sure I will figure it but it was difficult to see where to type explorer and when in full screen, it was blurred

  3. Thank you very much!
    I would only add that the shortcut could disappear from the desktop but now the option “pin to taskbar” is available in its taskbar icon.


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