Microsoft introduced an update to the taskbar of the Windows operating system in Windows 7. Major improvements included the ability to pin programs permanently on the taskbar for faster access and the new jumplist feature that you could use to access previously used files or initiate specific program related actions. For a mail program, you could for instance open the write a new message page directly to save some time doing so.
Windows 8 has the same taskbar features but without the operating system's start menu that Microsoft has removed in the upcoming OS.
Microsoft for some reason has only implemented options to pin programs and executable files to the Windows taskbar. Workarounds are available to change that, so that you can pin files and folders or hard drives to the taskbar as well.
Taskbar Pinner is a freeware program for Windows 7 and 8 that makes this more comfortable.It ships with the following four options:
You can either click on one of the options presented to you in the main program window, or drag and drop the files or folders that you want to add to the Windows taskbar into the program interface.
When you click on the shell location or library option, you get a list of available locations and libraries in icon form that you can add to the taskbar. Shell locations include Windows Update, Search, Network connections, Personalization, Favorites, Control Panel or Computer among a few dozen other options. You can even select multiple icons at once to speed up the process further.
If you prefer to have the pinning feature available in Windows Explorer, you can check the Explorer context menu option in the program window to enable it in the operating system's default file browser. A right-click on a file or folder in Explorer lets you then add those to the taskbar. (via Vishal)
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