System hacks: tricky to build taskbar category shortcut menu

Previously, we have introduced some ways to create shortcut task groups through third-party tools. In fact, without any third-party software, you can create your own categorized shortcut task group menu by using the toolbar customization feature on Windows 10 taskbar.

1. Port Control Panel items to the taskbar

Type “Control Panel” in Cortana, click “Control Panel” in the search result and select “Open file location” in the action list on the right (Figure 1).


Then the system will automatically open the “C:Users<Current User>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsSystem Tools” folder, where there is There is a shortcut to “Control Panel”. Create a new “Control Menu” folder and copy this shortcut to the new folder, then select “Toolbars→New Toolbar” through the right-click menu in the blank space of the taskbar (Figure 2); then find the new Control Menu folder from the Select Folder window. Control menu folder, click “Select Folder”. Finally, you can select “Control Panel” from the “Control Menu” in the taskbar. At this point there is only one option under this menu, and we can add more items to it later.


Tip: If you only need one Control Panel icon and are not going to create a group, you can use the above method to fix the Control Panel icon to the taskbar by selecting “Fix to Taskbar” directly in Figure 1.

If you want to put all control items into the “Control menu”, first create a folder named “Control items. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” folder, and then create the taskbar “Control Menu” as described above (Figure 3).


Firelink: We can also combine any system settings items and put them in the taskbar control menu. See for ways to generate shortcuts to these items.

2. Porting other types of items to the taskbar

In the same way, you can port web favorites to the taskbar. For example, through Sogou browser’s favorites export function, export the current favorites as HTML files, then create a “Favorites” folder, and put this HTML file into this folder, and finally create a “Favorites” toolbar menu in this folder on the taskbar. “Favorites” toolbar menu on the taskbar.


In addition, we can organize software shortcuts and create taskbar tool menus for frequently used tools and software. For frequently used folders, you can also create a “Frequently Used Locations” menu in this way (Figure 4).

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