How to create your own toolbar for the Windows Taskbar

Learn how to design a custom taskbar toolbar with the folders, files or applications you choose.


The Windows taskbar offers several integrated toolbars. You can enable a toolbar to enter a web address, a toolbar for website links and a toolbar to display shortcuts from your desktop. The advantage of such a toolbar is that you can quickly access files, pages and other specific items directly from your Windows Taskbar.

You can go beyond the integrated toolbars of the Windows taskbar by creating your own toolbars. You can design a new toolbar by adding an existing folder, such as Documents, Downloads or Images. You can also create a new folder with applications, files, shortcuts and other selected items. Let's see the steps.

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To view and activate one of the integrated toolbars, right-click on the Windows taskbar and go to the entry for Toolbars. The drop-down menu shows the available toolbars that you can enable. At a minimum, you should see toolbars for Address, Links and Desktop. Depending on the brand of your computer, you can see additional toolbars added by the manufacturer ( Figure A ).

Select the toolbar for Address, and a field will appear in the Toolbar in which you can type a web address or a folder name from File Explorer to open that location. Select the toolbar for Links. Open your browser and drag a URL to the Links button. You can also open File Explorer and drag a specific folder to the Links button. Now, click on the double arrow next to the Links button, and you can open any of the web pages or folders you dragged there. Select the toolbar for the desktop. Click the double arrow next to the Desktop button to access any of the icons and shortcuts on your Desktop ( Figure B )

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Integrated toolbars are useful and useful, but the real power comes from the creation of your own toolbar. To test this, right-click on the Taskbar, go to Toolbars and select New Toolbar ( Figure C ).

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A File Manager window appears. You can search and select a specific folder that you want to add as a toolbar. You can choose one of the default folders, such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Images or Videos. You can choose your own user profile folder. You can also choose a folder in the Quick Access section. Choose the folder you want and click the Select folder button ( Figure D ).

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Click the double arrow next to the button to your folder to access the contents ( Figure E ).

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You can create your own folder with files, applications, and Other content of your choice. Open File Explorer and create a new folder; Give it the name you choose. Then, drag or copy the items you want to place in this folder (remember to copy them as shortcuts). You can choose frequently used Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, images and PDF files and exe files for common applications ( Figure F ). Once you're done, you may want to rename the shortcuts with easier-to-use names.

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Close File Explorer. Right-click on the taskbar, go to Toolbars and select New Toolbar. Find the folder you just created. Click the Select folder button. Click the double arrow next to the button for your new toolbar. You should see all the files that you added to the folder ( Figure G ).

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Finally, to remove a toolbar you added, right- click on the Taskbar, go to Toolbars and deactivate the toolbar you wish to remove ( Figure H ).

Figure H

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