How to quickly access files and documents directly from the taskbar on Windows [Guide]

Windows 7 ToolbarWindows includes various shortcut options for software, documents and folders. Shortcuts give you quicker access to your documents, files, and software. On Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, you can turn your Windows folders into taskbar “toolbars” that allow you to easily access the content of the folders from your taskbar (see screenshot to the right for an example). This guide shows you how to use those toolbars.

How to easily access folder content form your taskbar on Windows Vista, 7, and 8

To add new toolbars to the taskbar, right-click the taskbar to display some menu options. From there you should select Toolbars and New toolbar. That should open the Windows Explorer window. From there select a suitable folder, and then click on the Select Folder option. The folder’s title should then be added to the taskbar, as shown below.


As you can see, the My Documents folder has become a toolbar in the shot above. Click on the double-arrow next the folder name to open an expanding menu of its contents, and select whatever files, documents, software, etc. you want to open. It is as easy as that.

To remove a toolbar from the taskbar, right-click the toolbar, select Toolbars and untick the folder’s name.


Adding folder toolbars to the taskbar is a good way to quickly access your files and software. Enjoy!

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  1. patara

    I’ve been using this option since Vista. I’ve 9 Folder Toolbars on my Taskbar and can access just about any file with 2 clicks. One of the Folder Toolbars contains shortcuts to all my installed programs. By using small icons and making my Taskbar a little wider it can hold the old Quick Launch Bar and the Folder Toolbars on the bottom with Win 8 Pinned Icons on the top along with present open folders and programs.

  2. Staey

    If you don’t want to clutter your task bar, you can also pin multiple folders in the Libraries folder that shows by default in Win 7. This allows you to have multiple folders with easy access without making a mess of your task bar.

    But I do like the tip you’ve given here. I’ve just placed my most used network location as a toolbar and I think it may be quite useful.

  3. Jeanjean

    The problem with this system is that it clutters your taskbar.
    I discovered Win 8.1 recently and tried immediately to recover a start menu (given the number of programs on my PC).
    After trying four, I chose Classic Shell.

  4. jipy

    I use my own toolbars for more than 2 years and they are essential for me every day. One for my most used softwares and one for my most used folders and files.
    Try toolbars and you can’t live any more without !