How to Pin an External Drive to the windows Task bar?
Would you like to access an external drive from the Taskbar? Here we show a workaround that will allow us to pin it to Taskbar.
We will show you how to add an external drive icon to the Taskbar in Windows 7, but this trick will also work in Windows 8 and 10.
Do you think that the process would be as easy as dragging the external drive icon to the Taskbar? If we try to drag the external drive icon to the Taskbar, it just adds it to File Explorer.
Then, if we press right-click on the File Explorer icon, we will be able to access it from there. This might be enough for some users, but we want to add it to the Taskbar as an icon.
After then we will press right-click on an empty area on your desktop and go to New > Text Document.
Then, we have to change the
.txt extension to
.exe . In our example, we’re adding the external D:\ drive, so we named it cyberops
.exe, and then press Enter.
After pressing Enter, we will see a dialog box asking if we are sure and we want to change the extension. Press the “Yes” button to finish changing the name on the file.
Now we have a “dummy” executable (.exe) file on the desktop. Right-click on the file and select “Pin to taskbar” from the popup menu.
The file’s icon is added to the Taskbar. Now, we will add the persistent drive letter you assigned to our external drive to the properties of the icon. Then press the Right-click on the file’s icon, right-click on the name of the file on the popup menu, and then select “Properties” from the second popup menu.
On the Shortcut tab on the Properties dialog box, change the “Target” to the drive letter of our external drive, such as D
:\, and change the “Start in” to the same drive letter as well, which is in the image.
And if we want to change the icon to something more appropriate like a hard drive icon, so click the “Change Icon” button on the Shortcut tab.
We might see a warning dialog box telling us that the file has no icons. Then press the “OK” button to close that dialog box. If the file has no icons, Windows automatically opens the
shell32.dll file in the
%SystemRoot%\System32\ folder, which contains a lot of icons from which we can choose. then press on an icon in the “Select an icon from the list below” box and press OK.
The icon on the Taskbar does not change immediately. We need to restart explorer.exe for the selected icon to display.
Now we have a more appropriate looking hard drive icon and a quick method of accessing our external drive.
Although it might seem like a goofy method for simply pinning a drive or other folder to the Taskbar, the workaround is effective. This will allow us to access the external drive with only one click and save a few steps in navigating to it.