How to remove or add a program to the taskbar

In this guide, we show you how to remove or add a program to the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop. The taskbar provides a quick access to starting programs with a click of the mouse. If you find you are using certain programs regularly you might find it useful to add a program to the taskbar.

How to remove or add a program to the taskbar

How to add a program to the taskbar

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar.
  2. Start typing the name of the program you wish to add in the text box on the taskbar  
  3. The program name should appear in the list above.
  4. Right-click the program name to show options
  5. Select Pin to taskbar (If this option does not show select more and then Pin to taskbar)
  6. The program icon will appear on the taskbar

How to drag a program from the desktop to the taskbar

If you have a desktop shortcut for a program you can simply right click and without releasing then drag the icon to the taskbar. This works instantly for program files but for other files see below

How to add a website link to the taskbar

If you have a desktop shortcut to a web address (click here to see how to create a desktop shortcut) you can drag it to the taskbar by right-clicking the icon and without releasing, then drag the icon to the taskbar but to the browser icon (Chrome)

However, with website links, they will be added to your default browser icon, for example the Chrome symbol. Which is viewed by right-clicking the web browser icon (Chrome) on the taskbar and you will see the added web address listed under ‘pinned’. It will also show you websites you visit frequently. To remove right click and select unpin.

How to add a folder to the taskbar

The same as above applies when you try to add a folder to the desktop. Instead of adding the folder directly to the taskbar it will add the folder to the File Explorer icon. Which is viewed by right-clicking File Explorer (folder icon) and the added folder is listed under ‘Pinned’. It will also show you folders you visit frequently. To remove right click and select unpin.

How to remove a program from the taskbar

Adding programs to the taskbar speeds up the time it takes you open programs. However, there might be some programs you never use that you wish to remove.

  1. Right-click the icon you wish to remove
  2. Select Unpin from taskbar from the menu

If you would like to know how to move the taskbar to the side or top of your screen please click here.

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