How to Add a Drive to the Windows 10 Taskbar


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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.

Shortcut to add drive

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.

(h/t Shawn/Tenforums)

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That is a great tip!

Thank you, I'm happy you like it. :)

Even easier - Right click on taskbar, select toolbars / new toolbar. Navigate to the drive you want and click select folder. Drive is now available on right side of the taskbar. Even better - You can also create a folder anywhere on a drive, fill it with your favorite shortcuts, including drives/folders/apps, and select that folder for the new toolbar and you get a convenient access to all your favorites!

That's easier, indeed. But it seems you cannot choose an icon for that (even the yellow folder icon is not there, just the name I gave) and, most importantly, the folder I created to the taskbar does not open with a regular left-click!

True there is no icon to use or change but left-clicking the right-facing chevrons (») on the right of your name opens the menu. I usually use a very short name for the first level menu (e.g. MyStuff) and then add sub-folders to insert shortcuts for other items into... Apps / Links / Folders etc. It's just "my way" to do it... not necessarily the best for everyone.

That's another great way to customize the toolbar, thanks for the tip.