What is pinning to Start Menu?

Start menu in Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be divided into three parts

  1. Right pane of start menu:
    • this part has links for Control panel, Run, Help, Computer and user specific folders like Documents, Pictures, Music etc.
  2. Default section:
    • This is the top half of the left pane. It has links for Default browser, default email client. This is the place where we can pin our custom icons and make them stay there permanently so that they can be opened by just a click.
  3. Recent Items and All programs:
    • Bottom half of the left pane which has links for all recently opened programs and also has a link for All Programs which again has loads of submenu depending upon the number of applications installed on your computer.

Pinning to the start menu means placing a shortcut of any application on the start menu near the Browser and Email icons so that it can be accessed directly from the start menu.

How to pin an icon to Start Menu?

A simple way to Pin an icon is by dragging and dropping it in to the Start Menu. This can be done by browsing to the application file of the program you want to pin and then select the icon. Hover your mouse pointer above the icon and press the Right mouse button. Keep the Right mouse button down and drag the icon to the start button which will expand automatically.  Drag the icon further to the point where you want to pin it and release the mouse button. Once the menu appears select”Create shortcut here”. Another way to Pin an icon is by right clicking on it. This can be done by browsing to the application which you want to pin. Right click on the applications icon and select “Pin to Start Menu” in the context menu.

How to Unpin from Start Menu?

Unpinning is far more easy than pinning. You just need to open the Start Menu, move your mouse to the icon you want to unpin, right click on it and select “Unpin from Start Menu”

  1. Restore Start Menu To Default:
    • Click on the Start menu and open control panel. In control panel open Appearance and personalisation and then select Taskbar and Start Menu. Once the page is up click on “Start Menu” tab and click on “Customise”. In the customise section click on “Use Default Settings” and close the two windows by clicking on OK
  2. Add Recent Items to the Start Menu
    • Click on the Start menu and open control panel. In control panel open Appearance and personalisation and then select Taskbar and Start Menu. Once the page is up click on “Start Menu” tab and click on “Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and taskbar”. Then click on “Customise Start Menu” and in the list of option select “Recent Items” and close the two windows by clicking OK
  3. Set the number of recently used programs
    • Click on the Start menu and open control panel. In control panel open Appearance and personalisation and then select Taskbar and Start Menu. Once the page is up click on “Start Menu” tab and click on “Customise”. Enter a number in “Number of recent programs to display” box. This number controls the number of applications to be listed in the frequently used applications list.