How to Get Windows Explorer in the Windows 7 Taskbar

There are a lot of different ways to navigate through Windows 7, but one of the ones that I use the most is simply clicking the folder icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

This opens Windows Explorer, which I can use to locate files and folders that I need.

But it is possible to delete icons from the taskbar by accident, meaning that you need to go through the process of locating that program in order to restore its’ taskbar accessibility.

This can be more difficult with Windows Explorer, as you might not be familiar with how to find it. Our article below will show you a simple way to locate the application in order to restore it to your taskbar.

Restore the Folder Icon to the Windows 7 Taskbar

The steps in this tutorial will assume that the Windows Explorer folder icon is not currently in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

We will be locating the Windows Explorer application using the search field at the bottom of the Start menu. Alternatively you can locate Windows Explorer at –

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer

Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

click the start button

Step 2: Type “windows explorer”  (without the quotes) into the search field at the bottom of the Start menu.

type windows explorer into the search field

Step 3: Right-click the Windows Explorer search result, then click the Pin to Taskbar option.

right-click windows explorer, then click pin to taskbar

Now that you know how to get Windows Explorer in the Windows 7 taskbar, you can make it a little faster to open the files and folders that you have on your computer.

Would you prefer to have Windows Explorer open to a different folder by default? Change the default folder with the steps in this article.

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