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From the author of Customization #4: Add Programs and Documents to the Taskbar

Customization #4: Add Programs and Documents to the Taskbar

The Windows 7 taskbar is much different from the taskbar in older versions of Windows. In previous versions, the taskbar existed to show you which programs or documents were currently open in Windows. In Windows 7, however, the taskbar holds more than just open applications; it also holds shortcuts for your favorite applications and documents. In fact, if you configure your taskbar smartly, you may seldom use the Windows Start menu.

To add applications or documents to the taskbar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu or Windows Explorer and locate the application or document you want to add to the taskbar.
  2. Right-click the item and select Pin to Taskbar from the pop-up menu.

To rearrange the buttons on the taskbar, use your mouse to drag and drop any button into a new position. To remove an item from the taskbar, right-click the button to display the Jump List; then select Unpin This Program from the Taskbar.

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