Where, in the Windows 7 file system, are the taskbar shortcuts stored (per user)?


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Taskbar shortcuts are located in: %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar.

You can also add the "Quick Launch" folder to your task bar as a toolbar to re-enable the quick launch feature.

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    Yes. Can anyone explain why they're in an "Internet Explorer" folder? Commented Oct 22, 2009 at 16:01
  • Hint: sometimes you place links to apps here and they do not appear on your taskbar. This is probably because your app is on a network drive. Only local apps are working. Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 9:46
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    More specifically, look under: AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 21:34

Hit the Windows key and paste

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

to find the pinned taskbar items, or simply

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\

to see the folders for those and the start menu items.

If you're having trouble getting Windows to remember pinned items you may need to remove the Favorites registry key at HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband\.


If you don't like Quick Launch, you can create your own with "New toolbar", which can be anywhere; it's a folder. The toolbar name is the folder name.

I put it under the hidden folder C:\ProgramData so it will be easily accessible to all users. But it can go wherever you like.

  • How do you get to "new toolbar"? Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 14:46
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    @ragerdl, right click the task bar and open the 'toolbars' sub menu.
    – daveloyall
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 23:13
  • where this setting is stored? I need to find it to check why windows keep forgetting my new toolbar Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 5:24

For me, it's %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned.

  • That answer has already been given a couple times. Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 2:17
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    @music2myear Please look at the answer in detail. It's different path than others thats why I added a new one.
    – Pei
    Commented Jul 12, 2020 at 1:20
  • Your issue was different if this "solved" your problems. %AppData% IS the user profile AppData folder for the active session's user. Commented Jul 12, 2020 at 1:26
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    at least the addition of %USERPROFILE% makes it different from the others thus making it easily understandable
    – linker
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 23:34
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    @music2myear you really don't understand what's different in detail. None of the other answers has specified %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming path
    – Pei
    Commented Nov 6, 2020 at 0:21

The folder is in this location , windows 7 Ultimate. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Hope to help you !

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