In case you typically work with external drive such as pen drive or some other removable drive on Windows 7 PC, what follows is a tutorial that could make it easier to pin external drive to your Taskbar. This specific guide is especially for them, who don’t like to navigate through My Computer just for obtaining the external drive control link. Since it cannot be done directly, you need to carry out all of the steps, what are demonstrated below.
How To Pin External Drive To The Windows 7 Taskbar
When an Removable Drive is connected to your system, you generally have to access it by firstly opening “Computer“ and then selecting the drive to reveal its contents.
Well, this process, though not tiresome, unless you have to do it quite a number of times, can be eased by pinning the removable drive to the Windows Taskbar, just as Internet Explorer.
What now happens, is you able to access your removable drive directly by just clicking on the icon that depicts the removable drive so that its contents are revealed. We here, at OxHow plow on the process of creating such an icon in the Taskbar for easier accessibility.
Exact Procedure To Pin External Drive To Taskbar
Follow the steps described below to create an easy to access icon.
1. Right click on an empty area in the desktop, select New and Text Document respectively.
2. Once the document is created, change its name from
New Text Document.txt to
Drive <drive letter>.exe. Here, drive H: represents the removable drive. As per the procedure, we name the newly created text document as “Drive H.exe“.
3. Confirm the message that appears declaring that renaming a file’s extension can render the file unusable.
4. The created text document is now transformed into an executable file. Now, right-click on the renamed document and select it to “Pin to Taskbar“.
5. An executable icon appears on the Taskbar of your desktop. Right-click on this icon and select “Properties“ by right-clicking on “Drive H“.
6. The “Drive H Properties” box opens up. Under the “Shortcut” tab, change the “Target” location to <drive letter>: (“H:” in this case) and the “Start in” location to <drive letter>: (“H:” in this case).
7. You may choose to change the icon by clicking on the “Change Icon” button. Select an icon from the icon list and click “OK”.
8. Click to “Apply” and then “OK” to exit Drive H properties.
Problem You May Face If You Try to Pin External Drive Directly
In just a few clicks, you can certainly create an executable files for your Removable Drive and pin that to the Taskbar to enable you to use your pen drive or any other external drive from the Taskbar. Now, you might not have the ability to access multiple external drives together because the pinned program represents only one drive.
Conversely, in case you directly try to pin the removable drive icon to the Taskbar, it will likely be pinned to the Windows Explorer menu as opposed to Taskbar. Consequently, this above-mentioned solution appears to be least complicated and most effective.