Last week one of my clients experienced a hardware failure on their main computer. It’s most computer users worst nightmare. In the middle of an important few days of work and your computer fails. Long story short, a new hard drive was found and installed, and so the process of restoring the computer from a backup began. Thankfully all data was restored successfully in most part due to the client initiating a backup process approx 6 weeks ago – just in the nick of time! If you don’t have a backup process in place see my post about Backing up using File History (Windows 10) or Backup using Windows Back and Restore.
Anyway, as part of the restore process, I went through and made customisations to the Windows 10 interface so that the client had as many of their old customisations as we could remember. One of those customisations was a shortcut to a specific folder in their file structure. As I was creating the shortcut, I realised I did not have this posted online so here I am today adding it.
Most users will have the File Explorer folder pinned to the Taskbar, however, this only takes you to the Quick Access folder list. If you want to create a shortcut to a specific folder then follow these steps:
- Firstly you will need to create a shortcut to the folder, the best way to do this is so you can find it easily is to create it on the Desktop
- Minimise any applications you have open so you can see the Desktop area
- Right mouse click and select New > Shortcut
- The Create Shortcut window will appear:
- Click Browse and navigate to the specific folder you wish to create the direct shortcut to
- In my example, I’m going to create a shortcut to my blog content folder which is located within the Documents folder. Select the folder and click OK.
- The folder’s path will now be added in quotation marks to the Create Shortcut window
- Place your cursor before the folder path and type explorer so that Windows know which program to open this shortcut with (make sure you don’t accidentally delete the quotation marks)
- Click Next
- Now give the shortcut an appropriate name then click Finish
- The shortcut should now be displayed on your desktop
- You will see the shortcut has the default icon of the cream coloured folder, to customise this so your shortcut will stand out, right mouse click the shortcut and select Properties
- Click the Change Icon button
- Select a different icon from those displayed
- Click OK twice to return back to the desktop
- Now using the left mouse button, click and drag the shortcut to the Taskbar area
- When you see a prompt to Pin to Taskbar, release the mouse button
- Your custom folder shortcut will now be pinned to the Taskbar
- You can now delete the original shortcut from the desktop as the pinned shortcut is a copy and will continue to work
- Test out the new shortcut which should take you directly to the folder you specified
Enjoy adding specific shortcuts to your Taskbar. If you have any questions feel free to comment below. If you would like more tips on customising your computer, check out: