The Windows 7 taskbar pins normal applications easily enough; but pinned folders are rolled up under generic instance of explorer.exe and generic folder icon.

Is there anyway to have folder pinned to the taskbar with a custom icon?

Not as a shortcut but as a pinned item (i.e. running instance uses same icon).


First, copy the folder path you which you want. (with two quotation marks " ") for example:


You can also do that by right clicking on the folder and selecting "Copy as Path".
In the second step, right click on your desktop and point to New then create a Shortcut. A window will appear which have a single text-box. in that box, type "explorer.exe" without quotation marks. Then add a space and then paste the path you copied in the first step. so the text-box will be something like this:

explorer.exe "C:\Users\AmirrezA"

Just note that there is a space between exe and ". then click on Next where you should enter a name for your shortcut finally click on Finish.
You'll see an item on the desktop. right click on that and select properties. In Shortcut tab, click on Change Icon then select the icon you want or load that by clicking on Browse... then save the settings and close the window.
Finally, right click on that Item again and select Pin to Taskbar. Now, it's done!

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    Excellent. And it doesn't roll up under normal pinned explorer windows either :-) – LateralFractal Sep 22 '14 at 2:06
  • Yep, that's right. and of course sorry, I don't speak English well so you or other members should edit the answer as much as you and they can. – Amirreza Nasiri Sep 22 '14 at 13:40

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