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How to pin an app to the Windows 10 taskbar

Learn how easy it is to pin apps to your Windows 10 taskbar. It even works with files and folders too!
How to pin an app to the taskbar in Windows 10

Pinning app shortcuts to the Windows 10 taskbar is a great way to get to the tools you need in a single click. Since this operating system is built to be customizable, adding and removing app shortcuts from the Windows 10 taskbar is easy.

Many ways to pin apps to the Windows 10 taskbar

  • Drag the program icon to the taskbar.
  • Pin the app to the taskbar via the right-click context menu.
  • Pin an app via the Windows search feature.
  • Use the Windows menu to pin an app to the taskbar.

It's also just as easy to remove an app from the Windows taskbar.

Drag and drop an app on the taskbar

If the icon of the app you want to pin to the taskbar is on the Windows 10 desktop, you can easily pin it to the taskbar.

  1. Left-click and hold on the icon of the app you want to pin to the taskbar.
  2. Drag the icon to the taskbar.
  3. Drop the icon on the taskbar.
Pin an app to the Windows 10 Taskbar
Drag and drop the icon on the taskbar to pin the app.
Pinning an App to the Windows 10 taskbar
The app is now pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar.

Pin an app to the taskbar via the right-click menu

This is another option available when the app icon is on your desktop.

  1. Right-click on the app icon.
  2. Select Pin to taskbar option from the list.
Right click to pin to Windows 10 taskbar
Right-click the icon and select the Pin to taskbar option.

Pin an app to the taskbar via the Windows search feature

If the app is not on the Windows 10 desktop, you can still pin it to the taskbar via the Windows search feature.

  1. Enter the app's name in the Windows 10 search box.
  2. Right-click on the result.
  3. Select Pin to the taskbar from the context menu.
Use Windows 10 search to add an app to the taskbar
Pin an app to the taskbar via the Windows search feature.

Use the Windows menu to pin an app to the taskbar

You may not know the name of the app you want to add to the taskbar, which means you can't find it with the search feature above. Don't worry - you can also find it by using the start button and pin it directly from the Windows menu.

  1. Click on the Windows Start button.
  2. Scroll to find the app in the list and right-click on it.
  3. Click on More.
  4. Then click on Pin to taskbar.
Pinning an app to the taskbar via the start menu in Windows 10
Pin the app directly from the Start menu.

The official Microsoft support forums also explain how to pin apps to the Windows taskbar. Tip: You can even pin folders to the taskbar by following the same steps!

How to remove an app from the taskbar

It is equally easy to unpin an app if you no longer want it in the Windows 10 taskbar.

  1. Right-click on the app icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click on Unpin from taskbar.

As you can see, the process is quite straightforward. Windows 10 is very easy to customize, which is why pinning and unpinning apps from the taskbar is such an easy change to make. It'll make working with your favorite Windows apps and folders much faster!

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