How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way

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Have you ever wanted to pin your favorite folder, document, or control panel item to the Windows taskbar, only to find that you can’t do that directly?  Unfortunately, the straightforward way of pinning items to the taskbar is limited to program files only. If you want to pin something else there, you need a workaround. Or you can use one of the free little portable programs from Winaero that will allow you to pin almost anything to the taskbar. There is one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8.

Utility for pinning anything to the taskbar in Windows 7

Taskbar pinner for Windows 7The Windows 7 app is called “Taskbar Pinner” and is described on the developer’s site here. The download link is given on this page. (Be careful to avoid the download links that are in ads on the page.) The download is a zipped package containing both a 32- and 64-bit version. The program is portable but requires two DLL files to accompany the EXE file. There is an option to add the program to the Explorer context menu. VirusTotal gives it a clean bill of health.

Click the first thumbnail to see a graphic that shows the interface for the program. Details of using the program are at the developer’s site.

Utility for pinning anything to the taskbar in Windows 8

Pin to taskbar in Windows 8A similar program is available for Windows 8 and is called “Pin to 8”. It is also portable and needs no installation. There are both 32- and 64-bit versions. There is only a single program file and  no extra DLL files in this case. The developer’s page is here and the download link is on this page. Again, be careful to avoid the download links that are in ads.

An example of the interface can be seen by clicking the second thumbnail. Details of how to use the program are at the developer’s site. It also passes all the VirusTotal tests.

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Great app. Thanks

Nice, well nice-ish as it phones home for no apparent reason every time you run it. It may well be harmless but possibly best to block it in your firewall.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Windows 7 wont allow me to add Revo Uninstaller to the Start Menu so I was hoping this utility would let me get around that and pin it to the taskbar but no such luck. I have the action center configured to display the Revo icon in the system tray but that isn't happening either.