One of the cool features in Windows 7 is that you can pin your favorite applications to the taskbar so that you can easily launch them when needed.

What if you want to pin a folder that you frequently use? Wouldn’t it be great if you could access your favorite folders quickly from the taskbar? Unfortunately, Windows only allows you to pin Windows Explorer and not a specific folder. But with a little trick you can pin folders to the taskbar.

To do this you need to trick Windows 7 to think that your folder is a separate application. How do you do that? It’s quite simple actually.

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and create a New Text Document and save it with the name of the folder you want to open but with an .exe extension.

Note: Make sure that your settings are set to show file extensions. To do that, go to Folder Options from the Control Panel and click on the View tab. In the list of advanced settings list, uncheck the ‘Hide extensions for known file types’.

Step 2: Open up the folder you want to pin and copy the path.

Step 3: Right-click on the dummy file that you created and on the context menu that pops up, select ‘Pin to taskbar’.

Once you see your file in the taskbar, right-click and when the menu appears right-click again on the menu and select properties. In the Target field paste the folder’s path that you copied in Step 2.* You could also change the icon to whatever you want. Click Ok.

That’s it. Clicking the pinned file will now open the folder.

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