- 1 How to Pin an App to the Taskbar from the Taskbar
- 2 How to Pin an App to the Taskbar from the Start Menu
- 3 How to Pin a Program to the Taskbar from the All Apps Menu
- 4 How to Pin App to the Taskbar via the File Explorer Context Menu
- 5 How to Pin a Website to the Taskbar in Microsoft Edge
- 6 How to Pin a Drive to the Taskbar
- 7 How to Pin a File to the Taskbar
- 8 How to Pin a Folder to the Taskbar
- 9 Extra: How to Make the Taskbar Bigger or Smaller in Windows 11
- 10 Extra: How to Start Apps Using Keyboard Shortcuts
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
- 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.
- Click on “Create shortcut”
- 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.
- Go to your desktop, right-click your drive shortcut and press “Alt + Enter”
- 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.
- (Optional) Press “Change Icon…”
- 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.
- Press “OK” again
- Right-click your shortcut and choose “Show more options”
- Press “Pin to taskbar”
Your drive, complete with its new icon will be pinned to your 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:
- Navigate to the file in File Explorer, right-click it, and press “Show more options”
- Press “Send to > Desktop” in the context menu
- 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”.
- 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.
- Click “Change Icon…”
- Enter “imageres.dll” in the browse field and press Enter, then choose an icon
Press “OK” to apply the new icon.
- Press “OK” again in the properties window
- Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and press “Show more options”
- Click “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:
- Right-click the folder and press “Show more options”
- Choose “Send to > Desktop”
- 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.
- Open the shortcut tab and type “explorer ” before the folder path
Make sure you include the space after “explorer” and press “Apply”.
- Click “Change Icon…”
- Enter “imagres.dll” in the browse bar, press Enter, and choose an icon.
You can then press “OK” to apply the icon.
- Press “OK” again in the shortcut properties
- Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and press “Show more options > Pin to taskbar”
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.