Personalization Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Pin to Start context menu item for all users in Windows 11.

The section at the top of the Start menu :win: is called the Pinned section. This section consists of pins arranged in a grid. The items in this section are a subset of all the apps installed on the PC; not all installed apps are included in this section by default. The number of rows and items in this view are consistent across device panel sizes.

You can Pin to Start an app, drive, file, folder, library, or site to Start.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the Pin to Start context menu.

This will not affect the Pin to Start context menu in the Start menu.



EXAMPLE: "Pin to Start" context menu

Folder_Pin_to_Start.png
Recycle_Bin_Pin_to_Start.png
Taskbar_Jump_List_Pin_to_Start.jpg



Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Pin to Start" Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Pin_to_Start_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.Website\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"=-

3 Remove "Pin to Start" Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Pin_to_Start_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.Website\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Thanks :D
 

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This did not work for me.

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pin to start is gone everywhere else, but remains on the recycle bin.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 [22H2] [22621.2428]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Culture-Virus v4.0
    CPU
    i7-11700k
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz @ 4227MHz 16-18-38 2T
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    AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
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    AOC CQ27G2U/BK
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    M.2 1: Samsung SSD 990 PRO 2TB
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    Corsair RM1000X SHIFT
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    Fractal Design 7 XL
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    Custom Water
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    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
This did not work for me.

pin to start is gone everywhere else, but remains on the recycle bin.

I'm not sure why it's not working for you since it does remove it for me. :unsure:

Did you try restarting the computer to see if it may apply then?
 

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    Custom self build
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    Antivirus
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I'm not sure why it's not working for you since it does remove it for me. :unsure:

Did you try restarting the computer to see if it may apply then?
Yup a couple times.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 [22H2] [22621.2428]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Culture-Virus v4.0
    CPU
    i7-11700k
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz @ 4227MHz 16-18-38 2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC CQ27G2U/BK
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    M.2 1: Samsung SSD 990 PRO 2TB
    M.2 2: Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X SHIFT
    Case
    Fractal Design 7 XL
    Cooling
    Custom Water
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
I hope it removes it for me, I've hated the fact that I accidentally pin the recycle bin, for years.
 

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    ASUS Prime Z390-P
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I use this to remove "Pin to start" from the desktop context menu:
Code:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"=""
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro; 21H2, Build 22000.1281
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    Dell 3525
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    AMD Ryzen 3 3250 with Radeon Graphics
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    8gb
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    AMD Graphics
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    1980x1020

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