How to Pin Apps to the Taskbar in Windows 11 OS

Pinning apps to the taskbar in Windows 11 provides quick and easy access to your most used programs without having to search through the Start menu. It’s one of the best ways to organize your desktop for efficiency.

As a tech writer with over 5 years of experience using Windows operating systems, here is my guide on the quickest methods for pinning apps to the taskbar in Windows 11.

Benefits of Pinning Apps to the Taskbar

Here are some of the biggest reasons you should take the time to customize your Windows 11 taskbar by pinning apps:

  • Quick access – Instead of digging through menus, pinned apps are always visible on the taskbar for single-click launching
  • Saves time – Especially useful for frequently used apps like web browsers, file explorers, and productivity software
  • Easy organization – Keep your most important apps neatly lined up for a clean desktop
  • Improved workflow – Switch between running apps faster by clicking their icons on the taskbar

How to Pin an App to the Taskbar

Pinning apps requires just a right-click, making it fast and simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu
    • Click the Windows icon in the taskbar or press the Windows key on your keyboard
  2. Locate the App
    • Scroll down the Start Menu list to find the app
    • Or search for the app by typing its name in the search bar
  3. Right-click the App Icon
    • A context menu will appear
  4. Select “Pin to taskbar”
    • The app icon will now be pinned to the end of your taskbar

You can drag pinned apps to customize their position on the taskbar.

Pinning Apps from the Desktop

Apps running on your desktop can be pinned as well:

  1. Right-click the app icon
    • Either the icon on the taskbar or desktop
  2. Click “Show more options”
  3. Select “Pin to taskbar”

Unpinning Apps

To remove a pinned app from the Windows 11 taskbar:

  1. Right-click the pinned app icon
  2. Click “Unpin from taskbar”

This will remove the app pin, reverting the icon back to the Start Menu.

Customizing Position of Pinned Apps

The pinned apps section operates just like the desktop – icons can be organized however you prefer.

To move an already pinned app icon on the Windows 11 taskbar:

  1. Click and drag the icon
    • Drag horizontally left or right
  2. Drop the icon in the desired position
    • Icons will swap positions

Aligned pinned apps looks neat and keep your most used apps easily within reach.

Pinning Files and Folders

Along with apps, you can also pin specific files and folders to the taskbar for quick access:

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Navigate to the file or folder
  3. Right-click and select “Pin to Start”
    • This adds it to the Start Menu
  4. Open the Start Menu
  5. Find and right-click the pinned file or folder
  6. Click “More”
  7. Select “Pin to taskbar”

Now you can open specific files like documents fast directly from the taskbar.


Pinning apps, folders, and files to the Windows taskbar boosts efficiency. No more digging through menus when opening frequently used programs.

With the simple right-click method covered here, you can organize your desktop’s most important apps neatly along the taskbar for single-click access. This streamlines your workflow when bouncing between multiple apps and documents.

I encourage customizing app pins based on your personal preferences and daily needs. Just be sure not to overcrowd the taskbar. Find your essentials and keep them one click away.

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