General Pin to Start an App, Drive, File, Folder, or Site in Windows 11

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The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

The section at the top of the Start menu 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.

While the initial view of this section displays 18 items, a user can use the pagination control to move through pages of additional pins. The items in this section are a combination of Microsoft-defined apps, dynamically delivered apps, and OEM-configured items. After setting up your PC, users can add, move, or remove pins in this this section.

An item can only appear in the Pinned section once. It's not possible to pin an app in more than one location in this section, whether on the same page or on different pages.

This tutorial will show you how to pin an app, drive, file, folder, or site to Start for your account in Windows 11.


Contents



EXAMPLE: Pinned items on Start
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OPTION ONE

Pin App to Start from Taskbar


1 While the app is on the taskbar, do step 2 or step 3 below.

2 Press and hold the Shift key, right click on the app's icon on the taskbar, release the Shift key, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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3 Right click or press and hold on the app's icon on the taskbar, right click or press and hold on the app in the menu, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION TWO

Pin App to Start from All Apps


1 Open the Start menu :win:, and click/tap on the All apps button at the top. (see screenshot below)

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2 Right click or press and hold on the app in the All apps list, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION THREE

Pin App to Start from Context Menu


1 While on your desktop (Win+D) on in File Explorer (Win+E), right click or press and hold on the app. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Pin to Start.

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OPTION FOUR

Pin Site to Start from Microsoft Edge


1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Open the site (ex: "www.elevenforum.com") you want to pin to Start.

3 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) 3 dots menu icon, click/tap on More tools, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type a name you want for the pinned site, and click/tap on Pin. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION FIVE

Pin Drive to Start


1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Right click or press and hold on the drive, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION SIX

Pin File to Start


1 Right click or press and hold on the file, click/tap on Show more options, click/tap on Send to, and click/tap on Desktop (create shortcut). (see screenshot below)

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2 Right click or press and hold on the file shortcut on your desktop, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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3 In the Shortcut tab, add explorer with a space after it in front of the Target path, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Change icon. (see screenshot below)

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5 Under Look for icons in this file, type imageres.dll, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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6 Select a file icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

You can use any icon that you would like to have displayed on the taskbar for this file.


7 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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8 Right click or press and hold on the file shortcut on your desktop, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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9 You can now safely delete the file shortcut on your desktop. It's no longer needed.





OPTION SEVEN

Pin Folder to Start


1 Right click or press and hold on the folder, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION EIGHT

Pin Folder to Start from Mail app


1 Open the Mail app.

2 Click/tap on More in the left pane. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Right click on the folder you want to pin in the middle pane, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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