Windows 7: Pin Computer to Taskbar

One annoying thing in Windows 7 is the inability to pin “Computer” (used to be called “My Computer”) to the taskbar; when you try to pin Explorer to the Taskbar, it will default to the Libraries folder.You can get an Explorer pinned that defaults to Computer with a simple workaround:

  1. Create a new shortcut on the desktop
  2. The target of the shortcut is %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  3. For the icon, right-click on the new shortcut, select the Change Icon button and search in the %SystemRoot%System32shell32.dll file.  The Computer icon was located near the bottom in my dialog.
  4. Now, right-click on the new shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar.

Now when you click on the pinned Taskbar icon, Explorer will open at Computer.  Seems like there should be an easier way to get this functionality, but that’s why it’s a Beta/RC release.   🙂

BTW, you can also add other special folders by replacing the shortcut target to a new switch; a list of valid targets can be found here.

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