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Pin Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Here's a simple hack that lets you pin folders to your heart's content.

Readers are so much smarter than me. (Don't tell my boss.) Take Renee, who wrote in regarding a post from last week: Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Your Favorite Folder. In it I noted that Windows 7 doesn't allow you to pin folders to the Taskbar, hence the advice to set up a keyboard shortcut instead.

Renee very kindly pointed out that there is indeed a way to pin folders to the Taskbar. All you have to do is restore the Quick Launch toolbar, which Microsoft eliminated from Windows 7--or so it would seem. Once you work this bit of hackery, you not only get the Quick Launch toolbar back, but also the option of pinning all the folders you want.

This process has been documented elsewhere, so I won't repeat it here. Instead, just head to Microsoft's Guided Help page for Enabling the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7. One note of advice, however: after Step 2, be sure to right-click somewhere in the Taskbar, then clear the checkmark next to Lock taskbar. (In other words, you need to unlock the Taskbar.) Otherwise Step 3 won't work.

When you're done, you should have the Quick Launch toolbar back to its former home, right next to the Start button. Now, just drag any folder you want to the toolbar. Presto! You'll instantly get a shortcut to that folder.

Excellent tip, Renee! I'm sure your fellow PC World readers appreciate it as much as I do.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at [email protected], or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.

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