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Start Menu - Pin or Unpin a Program to

How to Pin or Unpin a Program to the Windows 7 Start Menu
Published by Brink
30 Nov 2008
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How to Pin or Unpin a Program to the Windows 7 Start Menu

information   Information
This will show you how to pin or unpin a program of your choice to the Windows 7 Start Menu pin area to have a easy to access shortcut of it.
Note   Note
The pinned items in the Start Menu are located in the hidden system folder:

Code:
C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu
warning   Warning
It is best to pin the program from it's EXE file location instead of from a shortcut of the program. It is easier for a shortcut to be moved or deleted, causing the pinned program in the Start Menu to not work anymore.

EXAMPLE: Pin to area of the Start Menu
NOTE: This is the white left side of the Start Menu.
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OPTION ONE
Pin a Program to the Start Menu
1. Right click on the program exe file or shortcut that you want to pin to the Start Menu.
NOTE: If you delete or move this program exe file or shortcut, the pinned program in the Start Menu will no longer work.

2. Click on Pin to Start Menu. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Sometimes you may need to press and hold the Shift key, then right click on the program exe file or shortcut to see the Pin to Start Menu option.
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OPTION TWO
Unpin a Program from the Start Menu
1. Right click on the pinned program in the Start Menu, and click on Unpin from Start Menu. (See screenshot below)
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2. Right click on the program exe file or shortcut, and click on Unpin from Start Menu. (See screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn






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09 Dec 2008   #1
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

I just dragged the Computer to the StartMenu and realized that I can't take it off...anybody help? This problem come with build 6956...


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09 Dec 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Natri,

What options do you have when you right click on this Computer shortcut in the pin area?

Shawn
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10 Dec 2008   #3
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

When right click on that:



And when Shift+right click:


The Libraries even worst
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10 Dec 2008   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Natri,

Strange. I will have to do some research on this to see if I can find the registry location on this to manually remove them. I will get back with you if and when I find them.l
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11 Dec 2008   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ok Natri,

I think I found something that may help you out with this. It will basically reset the Pin To area of the Start Menu back to default.


If you cannot remove the shortcuts from the hidden folder C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Taskbar Pinned\StartMenu and after restarting the computer, then this below may help instead.

Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Dec 2008   #6
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

Thank you very much, Shawn! Editing Regedit works fine...I also create a reg file if someone needs it


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11 Dec 2008   #7
Barman58

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Thanks for this Shawn,
and to Natri, for the reg file,

I had this problem on my previous 6956 install and did some quite extensive searching for an answer - this is the first solution to this problem, as far as I know, to emerge on the web.

another first for the SevenForums
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11 Dec 2008   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome guys.

Thank you for the reg file Natri.

Guess what the next new tutorial is going to be.
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04 Apr 2009   #9
madbusu

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
this

can i put add/rem programs in this zone ?


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