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.
And while we’re here, we’ll also add File Explorer to the Start menu and as a shortcut on the desktop.
File Explorer Is Missing From The Taskbar.
When File Explorer has gone missing from your Windows 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
You’ll see File Explorer appear at the top of the list
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 will re-appear on your Taskbar. Don’t you love it when things just work? But there’s more that you can do, read on.
How to Reposition File Explorer On The Taskbar.
When File Explorer re-appears on your taskbar, you can re-position it.
To move the File Explorer icon along your taskbar in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, put your pointer directly onto it.
Hold down the left mouse button and then drag the icon along your taskbar.
When it’s in the perfect place, release the mouse button.
How To Pin File Explorer To Start.
In Windows 10 and Windows 11, as well as having File Explorer on your taskbar, you can also pin it to the Start menu. To pin File Explorer to your Start menu, click the START button and search for
Right-click File Explorer (App) and then left-click PIN TO START. You can move File Explorer to any position on your Start menu by putting your pointer onto it. Hold down the left-hand mouse button and drag the icon to the position you want it to be and release the mouse button.
Create A Shortcut On Your Desktop.
In Windows 10 and 11, you can also create a shortcut to File Explorer on your Desktop. Similar to how it used to be in older versions of Windows.
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.
Type It Exactly As It Appears Here.
If you’re 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.
The name is the text that appears immediately below the shortcut. You can name it anything you like, but File Explorer seems to be a pretty good idea to me.
When you’re done click the FINISH button.
After you click the FINISH button, your new shortcut to File Explorer will appear.
Because it’s a desktop shortcut, you’ll need to double left-click it to open it.
And don’t forget that you can drag and drop it to any position on your desktop.
Changing The Shortcut Name & Icon.
There’s just one more thing for me to show you before you go.
You can make your File Explorer shortcut look more like it did in earlier versions of Windows by changing its name and icon.
To rename your icon, right-click on it.
In Windows 10, left-click RENAME on the menu that opens.
In Windows 11, left-click the Rename icon on the menu that opens.
Now type a name, as I said earlier it could be anything you want but MY COMPUTER or just COMPUTER sounds good.
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.
Now click a suitable icon and then click the OK button.
Close the Properties box and you’re all done.