How to Pin “Network Connections” Shortcut to Windows 7 Taskbar?

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to add "Network Connections" shortcut to Windows 7 Taskbar so that you can access it quickly and easily.

Following are the required steps:

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 enter following string in location box:

explorer shell:::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

3. After entering the location, click on "Next" button. Now type Network Connections in name box and click on "Finish" button. It'll create a new shortcut on Desktop.

4. Now its time to change the icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon" button. Type ncpa.cpl in text box and press Enter. Select the icon, click on OK button and then Apply the changes.

PS: If you don't want to create the shortcut manually and want a ready-made shortcut, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get the desired shortcut:

Download "Network Connections" Shortcut

5. 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:

6. That's it. Now you can enjoy the "Network Connections" shortcut in Taskbar:

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  • can the task be more specific?

    i want to pin the "LAN" on the "Change adapter settings" page to the taskbar.

    May 14, 2012

  • Thanks, it was a great help to me. My Network and Sharing Center page usually does not open fast. This is a good method to access the part I need.

  • quick and to the point. super helpful.

  • Thanks!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much! I saw on another site that it wasn't possible - I didn't believe it but didn't know enough to know quite why. You cleared it up in a very simple way.


  • Using this method you can place a link on task bar.

    1) Open Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections
    2) Right click on network connection for which you want task bar item
    3) Create shortcut on Desktop

    Fine now.

    1) Right click on an empty Taskbar area
    2) Go to toolbars--> check Links

    Now Links option will appear on taskbar

    1) Now Drag the shortcut created on Desktop to the Links
    2) Make the network link visible on taskbar by dragging the Links to left side of task bar

    You are done!

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