How to Pin to Start Menu in Windows 10

You can pin programs, shortcuts, individual sections of the Settings app, Control Panel items (not all of them), and folders to the Start menu in Windows 10. Here’s how:

Go to the place (it can be Start Menu, Settings app, Control Panel (make sure that the view is “Large icons” or “Small icons”), File Explorer or Desktop) where the one you want to pin exists.

Right-click on it and then click the “Pin to Start” option.

If you see a confirmation pop-up, hit “Yes” in it.

That’s all. You see that the item is pinned to the Start menu as tile.

If you want to pin a website to the Start menu, then see this guide.

Remember, you can’t pin a file by default unless it’s an executable file (.exe). Note that the executable files can be pinned using the above steps.

But, using the following steps, you can pin other file formats.

Right-click on the file you want to pin and hit the “Create shortcut” option. You see that file shortcut.

Right-click on that shortcut. Hit “Properties.”

In the “Target” field, in the beginning, type explorer, hit the “Space bar” key. Hit the “OK” button at the bottom.

Right-click the shortcut, and you see the “Pin to Start” option.

Hit it and then go to the Start menu. There, you see the file shortcut is pinned as a tile.

If you wish, you can remove the shortcut. And even after that, the tile will work with no issue.

If you want to unpin from the Start menu, follow this step – Right-click on the tile you want. Click on the “Unpin from Start” option.