Adding a drive to the taskbar makes it easy to access files and folders, but adding one to the taskbar isn't as easy as you'd think. Here's how to add a drive to the taskbar in Windows 10.
You'd think you could drag an icon to the taskbar and have it added. Sadly, that isn’t how it works. If you try to drag a drive icon to the Taskbar, it just adds it to File Explorer. Here's how to pin a drive to the Windows 10 taskbar. This works with fixed drives, not portable or external drives.
The basic steps are creating a shortcut of the drive and sending it to the desktop, then adding text to the target
Here's the steps:
Open File Explorer.
Find the drive you want to add to the taskbar.
Right click on the drive and select "Create shortcut".
A message will pop up saying you can't create a shortcut here and asking if you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead. Click or tap Yes.
Navigate to the desktop and locate the shortcut for the drive you just created.
Right click the shortcut and select Properties.
In the dialog box that appears, make sure you're on the Shortcut tab. In the box next to the word Target:, add the word explorer in front of the drive letter, leaving a space between them. Click Apply.
Click on the change icon button, choose an icon for the drive, click OK, then Apply.
You can skip this step if you like, but changing the icon makes it easier to identify on the taskbar.
On the desktop, locate the icon for the drive. Right click on it, and select Pin to taskbar. The drive icon will appear on the taskbar.
Once you've opened the drive using the taskbar icon, you can delete the shortcut from the desktop, it won't impact the drive icon in the taskbar.
That's it, now you can access a drive from the taskbar with one click.
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