Featured - Pin to Taskbar an App, Drive, File, Folder, or Site in Windows 11

The taskbar is an essential part of how you use your Windows PC, but it often goes underutilized. As well as the usual apps, today we’re going to be showing you how to pin a website, folder, drive, or file to the taskbar in Windows 11.

Though your taskbar space is limited, there’s easily enough space to place some of your most frequent actions at your fingertips. Doing so is also deceptively easy. Pining a website or file instead of an app only takes one or two extra steps. 

Most of the methods below will involve creating a shortcut to your intended destination. You’ll then pin the shortcut to the taskbar to get back there with a single later. Let’s start with the easy one – how to pin a program to the taskbar:

How to Pin an App to the Taskbar from the Taskbar

The most foolproof way to pin an app to the taskbar is to open it first, then follow these steps:

  1. Right-click your app and press “Pin to taskbar”

    That’s it. When you close the app, you’ll notice that its icon is still on your taskbar.

    Windows 11 - Right-click on Opened App Icon - Pint to Taskbar

How to Pin an App to the Taskbar from the Start Menu

If your app is already pinned to your Start menu, pinning it to the taskbar is a simple matter:

  1. Press, the Start button, right-click your app icon, and press “Pin to taskbar”

    The app will instantly be added to your taskbar.

    Windows 11 - Open Start Menu - Right-Click on App Icon - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin a Program to the Taskbar from the All Apps Menu

If the app isn’t pinned to your Start Menu, there’s another easy way to pin it: the “All apps” menu. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Press Start and then “All apps” in the top-right

    Windows 11 - Open Start Menu - All Apps

  2. Scroll down the app list, right-click your app and press “Pin to taskbar”

    Windows 11 - Open Start Menu - All Apps - Right-Click on App Icon - More - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin App to the Taskbar via the File Explorer Context Menu

If you already know where a shortcut to your app is, such as on your desktop, you can navigate there with File Explorer and pin it to your taskbar via the context menu. Here’s how to pin a shortcut to your taskbar using that method:

  1. Right-click the shortcut and press “Show more options”

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Desktop - Right-Click on App Icon - Show More Options

  2. Find “Pin to taskbar” in the list and click it

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Desktop - Right-Click on App Icon - Show More Options - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin a Website to the Taskbar in Microsoft Edge

If you’re wondering how to pin Google to the taskbar, or any site really, the easy answer is to navigate to it in Microsoft Edge. The browser has a built-in pin to taskbar shortcut that makes things very simple.

While similar functionality exists in Chrome and Firefox, it only creates a shortcut rather than pinning it directly. As a result, using Edge will be quicker for most people:

  1. Visit the website, press the three dots in the top-right corner, and choose “More tools > Pin to taskbar”

    Windows 11 - Edge - Open Site - Settings and More - More Tools - Pin to Taskbar

  2. Give your taskbar pin a name and press “Pin”

    Windows 11 - Edge - Open Site - Settings and More - More Tools - Pin to Taskbar - Type Name - Pin

How to Pin a Drive to the Taskbar

If you’re tired of laboriously navigating to drives in File Explorer, you can pin the most important ones to your taskbar. Here’s how:

  1. Open the “This PC” section in File Explorer, right-click your drive, and select “Show more options”

    Your drive will be located in the “Devices and drives” section of This PC.

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - This PC - Right-Click on Drive - Show More Options

  2. Click on “Create shortcut”

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - This PC - Right-Click on Drive - Show More Options - Create Shortcut

  3. Press “Yes” to the warning dialog

    Windows will place the shortcut on your desktop instead of in the This PC menu, as its unable to create a shortcut there.

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - This PC - Right-Click on Drive - Show More Options - Create Shortcut - Accept

  4. Go to your desktop, right-click your drive shortcut and press “Alt + Enter”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Properties

  5. Open the “Shortcut” tab of Properties and add explorer to the target field

    You should type “explorer” followed by a space, and then your drive letter, as pictured below. Then press “Apply” at the bottom.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Add Explorer - Apply

  6. (Optional) Press “Change Icon…”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon

  7. Type “imageres.dll” in the icon field and press Enter, then choose an icon from the list

    Press “OK” to apply the icon to your shortcut.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imagere.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  8. Press “OK” again

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imagere.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  9. Right-click your shortcut and choose “Show more options”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Show More Options

  10. Press “Pin to taskbar”

    Your drive, complete with its new icon will be pinned to your taskbar.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Drive Shortcut - Show More Options - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin a File to the Taskbar

If you have a file that you access frequently for work, you can pin that to the taskbar, too. We’ll use the example of an Excel spreadsheet:

  1. Navigate to the file in File Explorer, right-click it, and press “Show more options”

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Right-Click on File - Show More Options

  2. Press “Send to > Desktop” in the context menu

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Right-Click on File - Show More Options - Send to Desktop

  3. Go to your desktop and right-click the file, then press “Alt + Enter”

    If your icon is not on the desktop you probably have your desktop icons hidden. To show them again, right-click the desktop and press “View > Show desktop icons”.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Properties

  4. Open the “Shortcut” tab and add “explorer ” in front of the shortcut target

    Make sure you add a space after the “explorer” and press “Apply” when you’re done.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Add Explorer - Apply

  5. Click “Change Icon…”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon

  6. Enter “imageres.dll” in the browse field and press Enter, then choose an icon

    Press “OK” to apply the new icon.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imageres.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  7. Press “OK” again in the properties window

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imageres.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  8. Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and press “Show more options”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Show More Options

  9. Click “Pin to taskbar”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on File Shortcut - Show More Options - Pin to Taskbar

How to Pin a Folder to the Taskbar

For easier access to commonly used folders, you can pin them too. The method is much the same as pinning a drive or folder:

  1. Right-click the folder and press “Show more options”

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Right-Click on Folder - Show More Options

  2. Choose “Send to > Desktop”

    Windows 11 - File Explorer - Right-Click on Folder - Show More Options - Send To - Desktop

  3. Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and press Alt + Enter

    If you don’t see the shortcut it’s because you have to show desktop icons first.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Properties

  4. Open the shortcut tab and type “explorer ” before the folder path

    Make sure you include the space after “explorer” and press “Apply”.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Add Explorer - Apply

  5. Click “Change Icon…”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon

  6. Enter “imagres.dll” in the browse bar, press Enter, and choose an icon.

    You can then press “OK” to apply the icon.

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imagere.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  7. Press “OK” again in the shortcut properties

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Properties - Shortcut - Change Icon - Imagere.dll - Select Icon - Accept

  8. Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and press “Show more options > Pin to taskbar”

    Windows 11 - Desktop - Right-Click on Folder Shortcut - Show More Options

Extra: How to Make the Taskbar Bigger or Smaller in Windows 11

Now that you know how to pin a website, file, or app to the taskbar, you might want to make it larger so that you can see the icons more clearly. To do so, you can follow our dedicated guide.

Extra: How to Start Apps Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to skip the taskbar entirely, you can instead follow our guide on how to start apps using keyboard shortcuts. Then you don’t have to take your fingers off the keyboard at all.

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