How to Pin: Recycle Bin, Computer and General Folders to the Taskbar

I’m a big fan of the new Superbar in Windows 7. I find it easy to use, helpful and I just plain like the look of it. I view the taskbar as a way to keep my desktop clean and avoid the clutter that icons can sometimes create. The problem is that there are a few icons that don’t seem to play nice with the Superbar and instead of dragging and dropping the item to the Superbar and it keeping it’s properties and functionality, it doesn’t seem to work the way i’d like it to. Here’s how to fix a few icon issues that you may find to be irritating with the Superbar.

  

Recycle Bin

First we need to create a link to the Recycle Bin that we can navigate to from the Superbar. To do this, create a new folder on the desktop (name it anything you like or keep it as ‘New Folder’).

Drag your Recycle Bin icon on the desktop over to the New Folder that you created, so it creates a shortcut to the Recycle Bin within that folder.

Move the folder somewhere (I moved it to the C drive (e.g. C:New Folder).

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I know, this is a Mac wallpaper, but it's still a nice wallpaper.

With the Taskbar unlocked, right-click and select Toolbars->New Toolbar.

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Find the folder containing the Recycle Bin link and select it.

This will put a toolbar with text on the taskbar with a separator. Right click on the Separator and uncheck Show Text and Show Title.

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Right-click on the Separator and select View and Large Icons.

To move the Recycle Bin icon around, you will need to play around with the separators by moving them to the right of the icon (Similar to how you adjusted quick link icons in Vista and XP).

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5 Responses to How to Pin: Recycle Bin, Computer and General Folders to the Taskbar

  1. raiel November 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    that wallpaper is mac wallpaper :)

  2. Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Why…,
    Ican’t do that…???

  3. Anonymous March 11, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Nice, but how do you get rid of the desktop icon for Recycle Bin?

    edit: never mind, I figured it out

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