How to pin My Computer to Windows 7 taskbar directly ?

by Mayur on May 17, 2009

in How To's, Windows 7

Windows 7 has came out with lots of new and exiting features. You may have noticed that, we can’t open My Computer directly from Windows 7 Taskbar aka Superbar.

If we drag N drop My computer to taskbar, it gets pinned to windows explorer rather than creating a new place for itself. Windows explorer opens libraries which irritates me and quite a lot of users. So, I’ve found a simple trick to pin My Computer to Windows 7 taskbar. Below procedure also works with Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Follow the simple steps below to Pin My Computer to Taskbar - 

1) Right click on Desktop, and select New > Shortcut.

2) In location of the item enter the following string exactly as given below:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

3) Give a name to shortcut. For example, My Computer

4) Now you’ll see a new shortcut of ‘My Computer’ placed on desktop. It has the same icon like that of Windows explorer. You can change its icon if you wish.

5) To pin the shortcut to Windows 7 Taskbar, just right click on it and select “Pin to Taskbar”.

My Computer pinned to Windows 7 taskbar

6) Enjoy! Your direct shortcut to My computer is pinned on taskbar now.

My Computer pinned to Windows 7 taskbar

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Pratyush May 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

Wonderful man, I really wanted to show up both (my computer as well as explorer).

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Jaspreet May 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

Kewl stuff!

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Neo August 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

Slick!!!Im using Windows 7 latest build…It is really better than win xp and Vista as u have said earlier!

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Ionut August 21, 2009 at 4:12 am

great !!!!!! thanks alot :)

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seekermeister August 24, 2009 at 1:54 am

This would be great, if it had a right click context menu to access properties, instead of just the drives. Properties is the main reason that I have this displayed on the desktop.

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Ridlaw August 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for the tip. I’ve actually pinned the normal Computer icon to the taskbar and modified the “Windows Explorer” entry with your shortcut. You get the nice context menu then with your frequent folders on it but if you just click the icon you get Computer open.. perfect!

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anuj October 5, 2009 at 12:52 am

but there is a simple way.
jus open my computer window.
in address bar you will have a my computer icon .just drag it to task bar.

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komal September 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

yes, u r too right.

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Vitaliy P. October 11, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thank you very much for a solution.

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Vijay K January 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Thanks m8

Cheers

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Riscario Insider | @riscario January 27, 2010 at 7:28 am

Your instructions worked perfectly and solved a perplexing problem. Thanks for the post.

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Dean February 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

in windows xp I’ve always had the D: drive “pinned” to my taskbar. is there a way I can pin in windows 7 the drive ?

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LUCKY March 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO PIN A FOLDER SHORT CUT TO TASKBAR

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Sid April 4, 2010 at 1:26 am

Excellent help – thanks very much. Sadly by “over simplifying” windows 7 they’re removed a lot of useful stuff

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Tom Jeffham April 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

The shortcut works perfectly. What’s missing here is that you should change the icon for the shortcut to the classic My Computer icon. It is found in the basic icons available for explorer.

Thanks-Jeff

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lordVJ July 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Thanks mate , but doing so will create another explorer.exe process which is unnecessary

Here’s a way to link my computer directly and much faster

1] Create a shortcut to My Computer on the desktop . Just drag it from the start menu to the desktop
2] Create a new text document. Change its filename and extension to “My Computer.exe”
3] Pin this My Computer.exe to the taskbar
4] Now Open “C:\Users\%User%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar”
5]Replace the shortcut My Computer [ the one linked to the .exe ] with the one on your desktop.
6] Click on the pinned item on the desktop .opening it will not create an extra explorer.exe process and it opens a tad bit faster too :)

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R December 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi lordVJ,

What does replacing mean (step 5)? I could not get it working your way.

Please explain.

Thanks

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Britt May 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

how do you change the icon of the pinned mycomputer now in the taskbar?

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Britt May 21, 2011 at 12:12 am

Meant to reply to LordVJ….

how do you change the icon of the pinned mycomputer now in the taskbar?

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Britt May 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

Nevermind i got it.

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stylez May 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

lordVJ,

I was looking for just such a solution. Using the OP’s idea, when you open two folders, copy from one to the other, the close both folders, you’d expect the copy dialog to remain open; however since as you said, this was opening separate processes, when you closed the 2 windows, the copy dialog gets killed when you close the target folder.

Your solution doesn’t have that problem. There’s also has the added benefit of being able to left-click the shortcut when needing to open multiple windows, rather than right-clicking to open a new instance.

Thanks.

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kelly February 11, 2011 at 4:19 am

Thanks – that was so frustrating!!! This may be a really stupid question but I am now trying to add the personal folder with my name to the taskbar also and have the same problem. Where can I find that location code that I can copy and paste in the same was as I have now done with My Computer???

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Mohamed Salah August 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Thank You it worked for me

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colin June 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Awesome, thanks!

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Matzzzz3 July 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Thx Man =)

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Chris August 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thx! Worked fine for Windows 8

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komal September 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

great !!!!!! thanks alot

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Manthan Bhandari December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

I was looking this for such a long time.
It works after deleting that shortcut as well.

Thanks a lot…

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CF December 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Cheers buddy, as I’d accidently unpinned the option.
Whilst I could pin Windows explorer l couldnt find how to re-pin My computer.

Many thanks!!

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:) December 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, Stupid Windows 8 wont let you pin Computer or control panel to the task bar,

This way works,

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Igor January 18, 2013 at 4:49 am

Thanks a lot!!!!

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rajeev January 18, 2013 at 11:16 am

cool advice…thanks

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shitnigga January 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

THANK YOU FOR FUCKS SAKE IT TOOK FOREVER TO FIND THIS.

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tyr0n April 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Thank you! I hate that you can’t pin My Computer to taskbar in Win 8

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Vanspeer May 2, 2013 at 5:25 am

Thanks to you our cyber world is little easier to navigate.THANK YOU!!

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Anuj Sharma July 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Great
This also worked for Windows 8

thanks

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tudor September 13, 2013 at 4:01 am

Thank you!

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jj November 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

you did to much work :) right click screen ,then personalize, then change desktop icons. click computer and apply. Then you will see computer icon on your desktop ,simply right click then click create shortcut,then drag that new shortcut to the taskbar done!!!

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AcidGlow December 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

That might work for Win 7 but not for Win 8 Users as windows will not let you drag Computer Shortcut to the Taskbar and dragging the shortcut created by the system will place the useless Explorer shortcut that points to Libraries, having said that the original solution does have issues. As someone mentioned it creates another explorer.exe process or multiples of it if you click on the shortcut multiple times (although windows will eventually kill/close it). Someone posted different solution but not all that clear (when it comes to Win 8) so here’s step by step for Windows 8 users:

1. On Desktop Right click empty space and click Personalise.
2. Click on Change Desktop Icons
3. Place Check mark in the Computer under Desktop Icons section
4. Click Ok
5. Right Click on the new Computer Icon on your desktop and click Create Shortcut (might seem pointless but it will be needed and moved in step 11)
6. On Desktop create a new text file (Right click, New > Text File)
7. Rename the New Text Document.txt to Computer – Shortcut.exe (Click Yes on warning popup)
8. Right click on the Computer – Shortcut.exe and click Pin To Taskbar
9. Double click on Computer
10. Navigate to System Drive*\Users\Name**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
11. From Desktop drag the Shortcut that you created in Step 5 (named as: Computer – Shortcut, not the Computer – Shortcut.exe!) into the Explorer Window
12. On the Replace or Skip Files dialogue click on Replace the file in destination

Now you can close all explorer windows, delete all shortcuts on desktop that you created and that you might not want there at all (don’t worry the Task Bar shortcut to Computer will still work even when you delete the original shortcut on the desktop). This is a little bit more lengthy than the Original solution however it has to be done on Win 8 if you do NOT want extra eplorer.exe processes to waste your memory (again they’re eventually killed by windows, but until then they’re wasting memory).

*System Drive would be one where windows was installed to (Usually C:)
** Name would be the User name that you’re logged onto

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AcidGlow December 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

P.S. You can change the icon on the Task Bar Computer Shortcut by navigating to System Drive*\Users\Name**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Right click on the Computer – Shortcut and click Properties. Click on the Shortcut tab, clikc Change Icon… button then click on the icon that you want in the list (If you want one that seems to be selected you must select it and click OK to for Windows to refresh Taskbar icon). This has to be done at least until after a restart, not sure if restarting forces windows to refresh and display a correct icon.

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