How to Pin Computer, Recycle Bin & Other Useful Shortcuts to Taskbar in Windows 7 and Later

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8 and later OS versions.

Windows 7 allows you to pin your favorite programs to Taskbar so that you can access them quickly whenever you want. To pin a program to Taskbar you just need to right-click on its shortcut and select "Pin to Taskbar" option:


Here in this tutorial, we'll learn how to pin various useful system shortcuts like Control Panel, My Computer, Recycle Bin, Programs and Features, etc to Windows 7 Taskbar.

So without wasting any time, here we start the tutorial:

1. First you'll need to create a new shortcut. To do this, right-click on Desktop and select "New -> Shortcut":


2. It'll launch "Create Shortcut" wizard. Now you'll need to enter the command to open desired system shortcut. You can use any of following commands to create the desired shortcut:

explorer shell:MyComputerFolder (for My Computer shortcut)
explorer shell:RecycleBinFolder (for Recycle Bin shortcut)
explorer shell:ControlPanelFolder (for Control Panel shortcut)
explorer shell:Administrative Tools (for Administrative Tools shortcut)
explorer shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder (for Programs and Features shortcut)
explorer shell:NetworkPlacesFolder (for Network shortcut)
explorer shell:Favorites (for Favorites shortcut)
explorer shell:HomegroupFolder (for Homegroup shortcut)
explorer shell:Games (for Games shortcut)
explorer shell:Fonts (for Fonts shortcut)
explorer shell:UserProfiles (for Users folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Profile (for your username folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Public (for Public folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Documents (for Documents shortcut)
explorer shell:Common Documents (for Public Documents shortcut)
explorer shell:My Music (for Music folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonMusic (for Public Music folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Pictures (for Pictures folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonPictures (for Public Pictures folder shortcut)
explorer shell:My Video (for Videos folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonVideo (for Public Videos folder shortcut)
explorer shell:Downloads (for Downloads folder shortcut)
explorer shell:CommonDownloads (for Public Downloads folder shortcut)
explorer shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257} (for Flip 3D or Window Switcher shortcut)


3. After entering the command, click on "Next" button. Now enter a meaningful name for your new shortcut and click on "Finish" button.


4. It'll create a new shortcut on Desktop:


5. Now its time to change the new shortcut icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon" button.


6. Now you can browse and select any desired icon. We'll recommend to use imageres.dll file for selecting new icon as this file contains lots of good looking icons:


7. After selecting the new icon, click on OK and then Apply the changes.

8. Now you just need to pin this new shortcut to Taskbar. You can either drag-n-drop the shortcut to Taskbar or right-click on the shortcut and select "Pin to Taskbar" option:


9. That's it. You can pin as many shortcuts as you want to Taskbar using this tutorial:



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  • I used this tutorial a while ago to put a Computer shortcut on my taskbar. Recently, I used your "How to Customize Default Places Bar in Windows Common File Dialog Box" tutorial. After making those changes, my Computer shortcut on the taskbar takes me to My Documents instead. Any idea why this is happening, or how I can fix it? I tried re-making the Computer shortcut but it still does the same thing.

  • Actually, now that I think about it, it's also happening on my home computer, and I didn't make the other change there. Any idea why this shortcut is suddenly behaving differently on 2 different PCs? It seemingly started at the same time.

  • VG

    ^^ You must have used some kind of registry tweak or a tweaking software which made this change.

  • I used to use this strategy to pin My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc. to my taskbar, but I then realized it opens up a seperate explorer.exe every time you click one of them. They don't like to close down the process either.

    Anyone else notice that?

  • How can you make sure that Computer is always exploded in the layout pane (on the left). Sometimes it is, other times it's not, and you have to click on the "+".

  • This is another case where something so easy as dragging and dropping the My Computer Icon onto the taskbar is made more difficult by Windows 7... BUT thanks for the tip.

  • Hey Man,

    This is really awesome Site. It was so irritating to create shortcut for Computer. I wasted much time for that. Finally I got solution Here. Awesome Job Man.!!!

    Thanks a lot...

  • Thanks for the help! Just getting used to Windows 8 and it's frustrating how such menial little tasks change from version to version.

  • Thanks for the really easy solution.
    I have just pinned a folder shortcut to my taskbar, after a first try where my windows 7 refused my pin to the taskbar attempt.
    I have one remark: You can better not add "explorer" to the shortcut. If you open the shortcut a few times you will have multiple "explorer.exe"'s in your taskmanager running, which are all CPU consuming.


  • This is for Scott Any spaces in the location description?

  • I know this post ain't so new here, but lemme give a another way in here. Well to get a My Computer Shortcut, or This PC, for Windows 8.1
    Simply do this;
    1. Right click on the desk top and select Personalize
    2. Then on the Top Left Corner, You'll find
    - Control Panel Home
    - Change Desktop icon
    - Change mouse pointers
    3. Now Select Change Desktop icons
    4. Now you'll get all the initial Desktop default icons there
    5. Uncheck or check the ones you wanna use
    6. Click OK, of Apply
    7. Use Drag and Drop to Fix them the Taskbar.
    8. Or else you can use search, then type in the app, right click on it, the select pin to Taskbar.

  • For Windows 10 (easier way) -
    Go to search and type whatever you want.
    Right click on the item and select Pin To Taskbar

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