Fix Windows Explorer in Windows 7, correctly pin it to the taskbar

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In honor of April fools day I am not going to post anything that might actually be considered news no matter how ground breaking it might be. Instead I am only going to post a nice little tweak for Windows 7. As I have said before one of the things that I hate the most about Windows 7 is the over implementation of Libraries. It seems to have infected the entire computer and you cant seem to get away from it.

Thankfully there are a couple of things you can do to avoid using them the first of which I posted about HERE. Today’s solution is a much better way to make Explorer be pinned to the taskbar. It maintains the functionality of Libraries and makes Explorer function correctly.

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. Navigate to All Programs -> Accessories
  3. Right click on Windows Explorer and select Properties
  4. In the “Target” enter %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  5. Select OK

If you have previously pinned Libraries or Windows Explorer to your taskbar you will need to Unpin and then Pin it again to make the changes active. After it is pinned when you click on the Windows Explorer folder in your taskbar it will open to Computer.


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knoxlively
5 years 7 months ago

lol, …nvmind i read this post wrong

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knoxlively
5 years 7 months ago

Or….just click on “windows explorer” and when it’s down on the taskbar just right click on it and select “pin to taskbar”…this was unnecessary

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5 years 8 months ago

Thanks for this. The Libraries in Win7 are driving me crazy. Do you know how to pin your users folder (e.g. C:UsersBob) instead of just the Windows explorer?

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6 years 2 months ago

@yelsep87

Good call out! It still surprises me that Microsoft made the shell’s default launch point be “libraries”. Is it just me or is that completely moronic?