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


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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.

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


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}"

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]

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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paradoxum

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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.
 

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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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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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