Tip of the Day: Pinning Shortcuts to the Start Menu in Windows 10


Today’s Tip…

Do you have specific files or websites you use often? Do you prefer the website over the App? Or maybe have an internal website that you can never remember the URL?  Wanna pin it to the Start Menu in Windows 10? Of course you do! Here are the steps for both Edge and IE.

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Visit the site, click on the "…".

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Select Pin to Start. It's that easy.

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For files or website that you want to open in IE, you’ll need a shortcut.  Here’s how to do this from scratch. Scroll down for steps on existing items.

Step 1

Right click on the desktop and select New -> Shortcut

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Type in the URL for your site:

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And a friendly name:

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There generic shortcut will be on your desktop. Note: You can customize the Icon for the shortcut if you'd like here but not required.

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Step 2

Go to Run (right click on Start and select Run or Windows Key + R).

Type in %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

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Hit enter.  Windows Explorer will open to that location.

Either drag the newly create shortcut to the folder or create a subfolder under Programs. Copying the link to the root Start Menu folder will mean that items show up on the All Apps list (shown in example). If it’s in a subfolder under Programs, you will find the shortcut in that subfolder on All Apps.  Organization is up to you.

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Step 3

Now open the Start Menu and scroll down the All Apps view. You should see your shortcut listed here.

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From here, right click and select "Pin to Start".

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Once on Start, you can resize between small and medium.

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Existing Links

If you have an existing Internet Explorer favorite that you want to add to Start, copy the link file from Favorites folder (%userprofile%\Favorites) to %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

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Back on the Start menu, under All Apps, the shortcut can now be pinned.

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