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By default the Windows Explorer link pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar takes you to Libraries. Is it possible to alter this target to my user folder without having it launch in a separate process?

What I mean by this is that I know you can alter the target to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe %userprofile% or one of the many variations; and there are a whole bunch of questions on this site explaining just that. However when you click it it opens as a separate item on the taskbar. On my previous computer I used a different method to alter the target directory that didn't suffer this problem, can't remember how I did it though.

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Try setting the shortcut's target to: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Profile

Source, with a long list of other supported targets:
How to Change the Windows 7 Pinned Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon Open To Target

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