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In Windows 7, you pin a file or folder to the taskbar to have them available at a moment’s notices — well, sort of. Unfortunately, you can’t turn individual documents or folders into icons on the toolbar. But you can pin a file to the Jump List of for its associated application and pin a folder to the Windows Explorer Jump List. For example, you can pin a song to the Jump List for Windows Media Player.

  1. Click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar.

    You can also use Start→Documents, say, to open your Documents library.

  2. Navigate to the file or folder you want to pin.

  3. Drag the folder or document (or shortcut) to the taskbar.

    Windows tells you where it will pin the folder, document or shortcut.

  4. Release the mouse button.

    That’s all it takes.

  5. Right-click the icon for the program where you placed the file or folder.

    Your file or folder will appear in the Pinned pane at the top of the Jump List.

    To remove a pinned item from the Jump List, just hover the mouse over the item, and then click the stick pin to the right of the item. The item will fall off the Jump List.

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