How to Pin a File to the Taskbar in Windows 10?

Windows 10 allows you to pin any application or folder to the taskbar or Start menu and access them faster. For some unknown reason there is no official way to pin a file to the taskbar or Start menu. Sure, you can use jump list to quickly access files you need. Unfortunately, not every app supports jump lists thus pinning a specific file to the taskbar will be more convenient and useful.

Even though there is no official way to do this (you can’t simply drag and drop a file to the taskbar), you don’t need additional software or quirky Registry Editor hacks.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu?

All you need to do is to pretend that the file you are trying to pin is an “app”. Here is how to pin a file to the taskbar:

  1. Open File Explorer and locate the file you need. You can pin literally anything, as soon as you follow the instructions below.
  2. Click View tab and check File name extensions. This toggle enables file extension after the file name. You need this option to quickly change the file format and to trick system to think that it is an app.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu

  1. Right-click the file and select Rename or press F2. Change file extension to .exe. For example, Image.png should become Image.exe. Windows will warn you that changing file extension may render this file unusable. Press Yes.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar

  1. File thumbnail will change to basic executable file thumbnail. This is how it should be.

Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu

  1. Now you can right-click this file again and select pin to taskbar if you want to pin a file to the taskbar.
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How to Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu in Windows 10

  1. You can also simply drag and drop in to the taskbar. Select Pin to Start if you want… well, pin the file to Start.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar Windows 10

Tip: if you want to pin more than one file to the taskbar, hover mouse cursor over the file to see its name in the tooltip.

Now you should switch extension back to normal in order to be able to open it in the proper application.

  1. Open File Explorer, locate the file, and rename it back to normal.
  2. Right-click the file you have pinned to the taskbar, and then again right-click the name of the file. Select Properties.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu Windows 10

  1. In the Target field change the file extension to its proper format.

Pin File to the Taskbar or Start Menu Windows 10

  1. You can also change file icon to make it obvious what type of file is pinned. Press Change Icon and select whatever you prefer.
  2. Press Ok and close all windows.
  3. Do note that icon won’t change immediately. You should open File Explorer, then open Task Manager. On the Processes tab click Windows Explorer and then press Restart button at the bottom-right corner.

How to Pin File to the Taskbar on Windows 10

Everything is done!

How to Pin Folder to Taskbar on Windows 10?

This procedure is far simpler that pinning a file to taskbar. To pin folder to the taskbar you need just to grad and drop it. That’s all!

How to Pin folder to the Taskbar or Start Menu in Windows 10

How to Pin Program to Taskbar?

Right-click an app shortcut and select Pin to taskbar or Pin to Start, if you want an app to appear on a Start. You can also simply drag-and-drop it. That is simple.

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How to Pin Program to the Taskbar or Start Menu in Windows 10

We can’t help but hope that Microsoft will make file pinning as simple as pinning folder or app to the taskbar. Until that you will have to use this quirky instruction to pin a file to the taskbar.

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