How to Add a Shortcut to the Taskbar

Clicking a shortcut on your Windows computer's desktop opens the program or folder immediately without having to browse through any menus. You can also add program shortcuts to the task bar. In Windows 7, this section of the task bar is known as the "pinned" area. In Windows Vista, this area is known as the Quick Launch toolbar. The process for adding shortcuts differs in each operating system, but the outcome is identical.

Windows 7

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Click "Start" on the left side of the Windows task bar

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Click "Computer" from the Start menu. A window opens where you can browse every program, folder and file on your PC.

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Locate the item you wish to create a shortcut for.

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Right-click the item and click "Pin to taskbar." You can also drag and drop the item to the taskbar to pin it.

Windows Vista

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Right-click the task bar, hold the mouse on "Toolbars" and select "Quick Launch." The Quick Launch toolbar appears in the lower-left corner of the task bar. Do not click "Quick Launch" if a check appears next to its listing because a check indicates the toolbar is already enabled.

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Click "Start."

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Click "Computer." A window opens where you can browse every program, folder and file on your PC.

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Locate the item you wish to create a shortcut for.

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Click and drag the item to the Quick Launch toolbar.