Customize taskbar shortcut icon in Windows 7

By HaLo2FrEeEk ยท 9 replies
Nov 16, 2009
  1. Ok, back in the days of Windows XP and Vista I used to put a shortcut to one of my harddrives on my Quick Launch bar. Well, 7 doesn't include the Quicklaunch that's a no go. Of course I can open that drive in Windows Explorer, then pin it to the taskbar...but as soon as I close the window it defaults back to the Libraries folder...not what I want. I figured out that I can Shift + Right-click and that'll let me adjust the properties. Problem is, I like to set the icon to something else, too...and even though I change the icon in the properties, it doesn't stay after I close the properties window, it defaults back to the windows explorer icon:


    And that's annoying, I like my icons. The icon only shows on the taskbar when I have the pinned program's properties open. It doesn't show when I open the shortcut, or when it's closed.

    So I guess I have 2 questions: Is there any way to get that icon to stick and always display, and/or is there a Quick Launch replacement/alternative in Windows 7?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  3. HaLo2FrEeEk

    HaLo2FrEeEk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164

    Those instructions didn't work. I can create the shortcut on the desktop no problem, change it's icon, but when I right-click it there's no option to pin it to the taskbar. And I usually just put E:\ in the shortcut target path, do I have to put that whole explorer.exe /e,::{CLSID} thing? I don't know the CLSID to put for my E: would I find that out?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I thought the entire My Computer would be better myself ;)
    But oh well, obviously that guide must be wrong or something? Although others replied did say thanks :confused:

    Anyway, I hope others here may provide a better process. As I'm not running Windows 7 myself
  5. HaLo2FrEeEk

    HaLo2FrEeEk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164

    Well if you just know how to get the CLSID of my E: drive I'll be happy! That's all I need.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Try dragging the icon to the taskbar, then choose "pin to taskbar"...
  7. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

  8. HaLo2FrEeEk

    HaLo2FrEeEk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164

    I dunno what I did, but it magically started working. The icon started displaying properly and the shortcut takes me to the right place. Thanks for all your help guys!
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You don't know what you did?
    Argh! That's irritating :D
  10. HaLo2FrEeEk

    HaLo2FrEeEk TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 164

    Extremely so, because then if you have the problem again (which I will) you can't fix it without retracing all of the steps you took originally.

    All I can note is that I (think I) restarted my computer, and I added the same shortcut to the Quick Launch folder (but didn't activate the Quick Launch bar). That's all I can think of.
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