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Whilst application shortcuts and programs can be pinned to the taskbar in all recent version of Windows including Windows 8. I can't find a way to pin folders to the taskbar for quick access in Windows 8.

What ways exist to achieve this ?

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This is what you need to do in order to pin a folder to the Taskbar, and it will work in both Windows 7 and Windows 8:

  1. Create a shortcut to your chosen folder on the Desktop. Right-click or long-press on the empty space on the Desktop, then select New and then Shortcut.

  2. Click or tap Browse and go to the folder you want, select it and click or tap OK.
    This will put the full path of the folder into the Location field, in the Create Shortcut wizard.

  3. Before you click Next, you will need to insert the word explorer, followed by a space (the space is important; without it, this procedure will not work) before the folder's path.

  4. You'll then be asked to supply a name for this shortcut. Type in whatever you want and click Finish. The folder shortcut will show up on your Desktop.

  5. Now either drag and drop the shortcut to the Taskbar, or right-click on the shortcut and choose "Pin to taskbar" from the menu that pops up.

Note:

  • Once your folder shortcut is pinned, you can delete it from your Desktop. Doing this won't affect the taskbar or the Start screen folder at all.

  • Since the folder icon looks like the Windows/File Explorer icon, you'll probably want to change it to something else. You'll need to do this before you pin.


Source: 7Tutorials (includes screenshots)

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Thankyou for providing clear & concise step by step instructions. –  Simon Oct 16 '13 at 9:14
    
@Simon No problem :) –  amiregelz Oct 16 '13 at 9:17
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