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Can you help me make a .cmd file that I can use which will open the 2015 folder on my Desktop so I can put it on my taskbar.

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If all you're using the batch file for is to open the folder, then this is a classic X-Y problem because no batch file is required for this simple task.

  1. Right-click the folder and select Create shortcut
  2. Right-click the shortcut, select Properties and in the Target field just add "explorer.exe " before the full path to the folder (note that there's a space after explorer.exe)
  3. You can also modify the shortcut's name and icon as required (optional)
  4. Right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar
  5. Now the shortcut itself can be deleted since it's already been pinned

There you have it - a direct shortcut on your taskbar to the folder in question with no batch file required.

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How can I open a folder on my desktop using explorer in a batch file?

The following batch file will open explorer with your deskop folder "2015"

@echo off
explorer %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\2015

I can't put batch files on my taskbar though

Yes, you can:

  1. Create a shortcut to the batch file.
  2. Right click on the short cut and choose Properties
  3. Change target to cmd.exe /C "path to batchfile"
  4. Drag the shortcut to the taskbar.

It should now be pinnable.

  • I can't put batch files on my taskbar though... – Rydog Mar 24 '15 at 10:32
  • You asked "Can you help me make a cmd file". A cmd file is a batch file :/ – DavidPostill Mar 24 '15 at 10:53
  • @Rydog see updated answer. – DavidPostill Mar 24 '15 at 11:15
  • (1) %USERPROFILE%\Desktop should generally be equivalent to C:\Users\%username%\Desktop and may be more reliable. (2) This answer describes a slightly longer procedure for pinning .bat files directly to the taskbar. In short: rename foo.bat to foo.exe, pin it, and rename it back. – Scott Mar 24 '15 at 12:05
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    %userprofile% is more reliable, because in older versions of Windows (eg. XP), the user home directory is located in C:\Documents and Settings directory – user373230 Mar 24 '15 at 12:36

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