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File Explorer Is Missing From Taskbar.

Occasionally, File Explorer (the yellow folder) will go missing from your Taskbar. It’ll just disappear. Sometimes that’s down to something you’ve done, and other times, I’m sure it’s down to Windows.

Either way, we need to get File Explorer back onto the Taskbar. It’s such a useful link and it needs to be on the Taskbar for quick, easy access.

Restoring File Explorer To The Taskbar.

When File Explorer has gone missing from your Taskbar, it’s easy to restore it.

What’s happened is that somehow it’s been UNPINNED. So we’ll need to re-pin it.

To replace File Explorer on to the Taskbar, left-click the START button and then type

file explorer

You’ll see File Explorer appear at the top of the list.

Quick Note

If you’ve never searched for anything on your computer like this before, it can seem a little weird that there’s no box to type into.

But a box will appear as soon as you start typing.

Move your mouse pointer directly onto File Explorer (App) and then right-click.

A menu will open.

On the menu, left-click PIN TO TASKBAR.

And as if by magic, File Explorer isn’t missing anymore.

You’ll see File Explorer re-appear on your Taskbar.

Reposition File Explorer On The Taskbar.

If you want to move File Explorer to a different position on the Taskbar, move your pointer onto it then hold down the left mouse button.

Now you can drag File Explorer along the Taskbar to any position you want.

Release the mouse button when it’s in the place you want it to be.

Incidentally, you can do this with all your Windows 10 Taskbar icons.

Pin File Explorer To Start.

In Windows 10, File Explorer does seem to go missing from the Taskbar more often than in previous versions of Windows.

As well as having File Explorer on your Taskbar, you can also have it pinned to your Start Panel.

The process is exactly the same as pinning it to the Taskbar.

Click the Start button, then type

file explorer

Right-click File Explorer (App).

On the menu that opens, left-click PIN TO START.

Create A Shortcut On Your Desktop.

In Windows 10, it’s called File Explorer, but in previous versions of Windows it was called Windows Explorer, My Computer or just Computer.

It’s all basically the same thing.

And many people prefer having a simple shortcut placed on their Windows Desktop, rather than using the icon on the Taskbar.

It’s reminiscent of how Windows XP and 7 worked.

It also frees up space on the Taskbar for other icons.

To create a shortcut to File Explorer on your Desktop, right-click on your Desktop.

On the menu that opens, move your mouse pointer onto the word NEW.

A second menu will open.

On the second menu, left-click SHORTCUT.

The Create Shortcut window appears.

In the box type


Or just copy and paste it from here.

Click the NEXT button when you’re done.

If your typing it in, you have to type it exactly as it is here or it won’t work. It’s far better to copy it from here and then paste it into the box.

On the next screen, you’ll need to name your new shortcut.


File Explorer

Then click the FINISH button.

And then File Explorer will appear as a shortcut on your Desktop.

Change The Shortcut Name & Icon.

If you’d like File Explorer to be on your Desktop like it was with Windows XP & 7, you can even change its name and icon.

Right-click on the File Explorer icon on your Desktop.

Then left-click RENAME on the menu that opens.

Then type a name, MY COMPUTER maybe or just COMPUTER, or whatever name you want to give it.

To change the icon, right-click it again and the left click PROPERTIES on the menu.

On the Properties page, click the SHORTCUT tab across the top.

Then click the CHANGE ICON button.

Scroll through the icons until you find one that works for you.

Left-click it to select it, click the OK button and then click OK again.

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