To access your favorite files and folders quickly on Windows 10, you can create a Toolbar on the Taskbar. Windows 11 doesn’t offer this feature, and with built-in options, you can’t create your own Toolbar, at least for now. So, if you don’t want to use File Explorer to open a folder, file, or program, you’ll need a third-party tool.
Our latest gearupwindows article will introduce you to DockFolders. With it, you can add a new toolbar to Windows 11 or 10.
DockFolders for Windows 11 and 10
Dock Folders is free to use and compatible with only Windows 11 and 10. It is highly customizable, and you can create your own toolbar in no time.
In order to use this application, you must first download and install it on your Windows 11 or 10 machine. Once Dock Folders is installed, it will sit in your system tray. You can access its settings by right-clicking on its icon and selecting Settings.
When you open the settings of DockFolders, you will see the Documents folder is added by default to the launcher list. Clicking the + or – button beside the Folders box, you can add or remove folders according to your needs.
Apart from adding or removing the folders to the launcher list, you can enable or disable the following:-
- Load on startup.
- Enable or disable sound.
- Set a hotkey to open this app (Shift + Ctrl + F1).
- Integrate to the right-click menu.
Once you have made the desired changes, click the Save button to store the changes.
To access the folders included in DockFolders, click on its icon on the system tray, and after that, you can navigate to your directed file or folder. You will see your files and folders aligned vertically in an elegant manner.
Please ensure that it is still in the beta stage, and you might encounter an error. You can download the DockFolders utility from its official website if you need it.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a way to quickly access your favorite files and folders on Windows 10 or 11, creating a toolbar on the Taskbar is a useful solution. However, Windows 11 does not offer this feature, and the built-in options do not allow for customization. Thankfully, third-party tools like DockFolders can fill this gap. With DockFolders, you can easily create your own toolbar and add your desired folders and files to it. The application is highly customizable, allowing you to set hotkeys, enable sound, and integrate it with the right-click menu. While it is still in beta, DockFolders may be an excellent alternative to launch files and folders to a custom toolbar, making it easier for you to navigate your files and folders from the Windows Taskbar.