How do I pin a program to the taskbar?

Pin a program to the taskbar



  • This info applies to Internet Explorer for Windows 7. For info about how to pin a program to the taskbar in Windows 8 or Windows RT, go here.

You can pin a program directly to the taskbar so you can open it quickly and conveniently, rather than looking for the program in the Start menu.

To pin a program to the taskbar

  • Do one of the following:

    If the program is already running, right-click the program's button on the taskbar (or drag the button toward the desktop) to open the program’s Jump List, and then click Pin this program to taskbar.
    – or –
    If the program isn't running, click Start, find the program’s icon, right-click the icon, and then click Pin to Taskbar.

You can also pin a program by dragging the program's shortcut from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar. Additionally, if you drag the shortcut of a file, folder, or website to the taskbar, and the associated program isn't already pinned there, then that program is pinned to the taskbar and the item is pinned to the program’s Jump List.


  • To remove a pinned program from the taskbar, open the program's Jump List, and then click Unpin this program from taskbar.

  • Folders and shortcuts to folders appear in the Windows Explorer Jump List when opened or pinned.

  • You can pin a program from the Start menu to the taskbar, but not from the taskbar to the Start menu.

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