Windows 10: Change default Explorer folder (for taskbar-pinned shortcut)

Discus and support Change default Explorer folder (for taskbar-pinned shortcut) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'd been using this method on Windows 7: Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target And I take it that this is how it's done in 8: File... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Michael, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Michael Win User

    Change default Explorer folder (for taskbar-pinned shortcut)

    Michael, Jul 30, 2015
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  2. Change taskbar icon?

    You can change the icons for Pinned taskbar shortcuts from this folder:

    %Appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

    (Type that in Explorer address bar, or Run dialog.)

    For Windows installer shortcuts the target can't be changed. In that case, you need to delete the existing shortcut and create a new shortcut for that program manually, and then Pin it to Taskbar.
     
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Jul 30, 2015
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  3. How do I pin a folder to taskbar in Windows 10

    Option 1: Create a custom Taskbar Toolbar, pointing to a folder that contains the shortcuts.

    Option 2: Pin an executable, say notepad to Taskbar. Then open this folder:

    %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

    Right-click the Notepad shortcut Properties and change the target to a folder path.

    Click OK. The taskbar icon wouldn't update immediately.

    Option 3 (Easiest): Create a desktop shortcut to the folder you want to Pin to Taskbar. Target should be prefixed by explorer.exe. (say explorer.exe d:\mytools)

    Right-click on the shortcut and Pin to Taskbar.
     
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Jul 30, 2015
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Change default Explorer folder (for taskbar-pinned shortcut)

    Hello Michael,

    Yes, you can use the same method for 8 in 10. *Smile
     
    Brink, Jul 30, 2015
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  5. Michael Win User
    I just tried it, and it's not really the same thing as in Windows 7. It's acts as a separate shortcut from the program itself, in that when you click on it, the shortcut doesn't "transform" into an instance of the program, but rather, stays put while a separate instance opens elsewhere on the taskbar (a la Quick Launch Bar).

    I don't suppose you know of a more comprehensive hack – maybe even one that would affect Win+E as well?

    It would sure be nice to have this as an official option for Explorer.
     
    Michael, Aug 2, 2015
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  6. Kapoios Win User
    Hi, same "problem" here. When i make new shortcut for download folder with *explorer* and *space* in front of the path name, right click on folder and pin to taskbar, when the download folder opened at the same time opened another folder (separate) "this pc" and i don't know why. This happens on W8.1 not on W7.

    On W7 it's very simple. I have try many methods, but none of them work.Have any idea of how?

    Thank you.
     
    Kapoios, Apr 4, 2018
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