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How to pin an "open folders" icon to Win8's taskbar?

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    How to pin an "open folders" icon to Win8's taskbar?


    I'm setting up a new Windows 8 PC. In my Win7 PC, I have an icon on the taskbar that holds all open folders. I'll call it the "Open Folders" icon. I don't remember how that icon got on Win7's taskbar. How can I create a similar icon on Win8's taskbar.

    EXPLANATION:
    In Win7, say I open the C: drive and click on "Program Files". Then I minimize that window. The "C:\Program Files" folder minimizes to the "Open Folders" icon on Win7's taskbar.

    Then say I open drive D: and click on a folder named "Photos". Then I minimize that window. The "D:\Photos" folder minimizes to the same "Open Folders" icon on Win7's taskbar.

    Now if I hover over the "Open Folders" icon on the taskbar, links to the Program Files folder and the Photos folder pop up. I can click the desired folder to open it.

    How can I create a similar "Open Folders" icon on Win8's taskbar?

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi Skyzoomer,

    it's very easy to do what you want. Here are the instructions.

    Go to START and click on the arrow in the lower left part of the screen. Now you can see all the different installed programs etc. Scroll to the right and under the header "System" you can find an icon that says "Windows Explorer".
    Rightclick on this icon and choose "Pin to taskbar".

    Et voila! If you go to the desktopmodus you can see the pinned icon for Windows Explorer. Any explorer windows you open will be grouped 'in' this icon.

    Hope this was helpfull.

    Greetz,

    Rover
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    to open multiple explorer window you need to right click on the pinned icon and choose a recent viewed or click File explorer ,that's the way mine has to be done ,win8.1 enterprise ,there maybe another way to set it to open multiple views im not aware of .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Hi Skyzoomer,

    it's very easy to do what you want. Here are the instructions.

    Go to START and click on the arrow in the lower left part of the screen. Now you can see all the different installed programs etc. Scroll to the right and under the header "System" you can find an icon that says "Windows Explorer".
    Rightclick on this icon and choose "Pin to taskbar".

    Et voila! If you go to the desktopmodus you can see the pinned icon for Windows Explorer. Any explorer windows you open will be grouped 'in' this icon.
    I can't find "System". Maybe because I have the "Classic Shell" installed to get the Win7 user interface. I did enable active corners in the Classic Shell.

    When in desktop mode, when I mouse to the bottom left corner, the START icon to go to the Metro UI pops up. I don't see an arrow in the lower left part of the screen.

    If I go to the Metro UI and mouse to the bottom left corner, the icon to go to the desktop pops up. No arrow. If I scroll the Metro display to the left I see the programs installed but there is no icon for "System".

    BTW, I only use the desktop UI with the Classic Shell. That's where I want to pin the "open folders" icon to the desktop's taskbar. I don't use Win8's Metro UI.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
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    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Open a file explorer window (with the key + E ) - you will see its icon on taskbar. (This is another way of doing what Der Snoober said).

    Right click and select "Pin this program to the taskbar"
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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    I can't find "System".
    It's called Windows System, if that is what he was referring to.

    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    I don't see an arrow in the lower left part of the screen.
    Hello. I only post this because you said "you couldn't find (or see an arrow)" ...
    ... and you don't use metro UI, ok, anyway, just so.
    I think he meant bottom right (in apps screen) ?? or
    Ctrl Minus (when in the apps screen) bottom right is where the zoom pointer is -

    bottom right apps screen

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    Zoom View - In Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Open a file explorer window (with the key + E ) - you will see its icon on taskbar. (This is another way of doing what Der Snoober said).

    Right click (the icon on the taskbar) and select "Pin this program to the taskbar"
    That works perfectly! Thanks so much since not being able to do it on the new Win8 PC has been bugging me for a week ... .

    Skyzoomer
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    I can't find "System".
    It's called Windows System, if that is what he was referring to.

    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    I don't see an arrow in the lower left part of the screen.
    Hello. I only post this because you said "you couldn't find (or see an arrow)" ...
    ... and you don't use metro UI, ok, anyway, just so.
    I think he meant bottom right (in apps screen) ?? or
    Ctrl Minus (when in the apps screen) bottom right is where the zoom pointer is -

    bottom right apps screen

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    Zoom View - In Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8
    Thanks for taking the time to post. AdamF's solution worked for me.
    Skyzoomer
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Open a file explorer window (with the key + E ) - you will see its icon on taskbar. (This is another way of doing what Der Snoober said).

    Right click and select "Pin this program to the taskbar"
    That's the other way to do it. Thanks for adding this info.


    Greetz,

    Rover
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