Start Menu - Pin Folder To

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How to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu in Vista
Synopsis
By default in Vista, you are only able to pin a program or a program shortcut to the left white side of the Start Menu. This will show you how to also allow a folder or a folder shortcut to be pinned to the Start Menu.
How to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu in Vista

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By default in Vista, you are only able to pin a program or a program shortcut to the left white side of the Start Menu. This will show you how to also allow a folder or a folder shortcut to be pinned to the Start Menu.
Note   Note

  • This will only add Pin to Start Menu to a folder, or folder shorcut, on the Desktop or in Windows Explorer. It does not add it for folders in the Start menu All Programs area.
  • It is best to Pin the actual source folder and not a shortcut to the folder. It is easier for a shortcut to be moved or deleted, causing the Pinned folder in the Start menu to not work anymore.

EXAMPLE: Pin area of the Start Menu

NOTE: This is the left white side of the Start menu. If you would like to change the size of these icons to be large or small, then see: How to Display Small or Large Icons in the Vista Start Menu
Start_Menu.jpg





STEP ONE
How to Allow a Folder to be Pinned

Using a REG File Download
1. To Add the Pin Folder Option
A) Click on the download button below to download the Add_Pin_Folder.reg file.​
B) Go to step 3.​
download

2. To Remove the Pin Folder Option
A) Click on the download button below to download the Remove_Pin_Folder.reg file.​
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), YES , and OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you want to.​

Manually Through Registry Editor
1. Open Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5A)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

5. To Add the Pin Folder Option
A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click New and click Key.​
ContextMenuHandlers.jpg

B) Type {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8} and press Enter. (See screenshot below step 6B)​

6. To Remove the Pin Folder Option
A) Right click on {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8} and click Delete. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​
New_Key.jpg

7. Close regedit.​



STEP TWO
How to Use Pin a Folder

How to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu:
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You must add the Folder Pin Option above first.
1. Press and hold the Shift key, then right click on the folder or folder shortcut that you want pinned to the Start Menu.​
2. Click on Pin to Start Menu. (See screenshot below)​
Shift_Right_Click.jpg

How to Remove a Pinned Folder
Note   Note
If you cannot get Vista to remove the pin, then see step two here: How to Fix Recent Programs Not Being Remembered in Vista
1. Right click on the pinned folder in the Start Menu.​
2. Click on Remove from this list. (See screenshot below)​
Remove_From_List.jpg


That's it,
Shawn


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Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Thank you for this post. I have used both the download and inputted the registry edit in the manual way. However, neither works.

When I hold shift and right click, the pin to start menu item does not appear.

Any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas?

Thanks!!
 
Hi MAD50, and welcome to Vista Forums.

It will not work on the folders or items that are in the Start menu All Programs, only from a folder in Windows Explorer. Is this what you were trying it on?

Shawn
 
Thanks for your prompt response.

Yes, all I am doing is navigating in explorer to a regular old folder and Shift, Right Clicking and the option does not come up.

Not sure if it matters, I am using Vista Ultimate
 
Try using the Add Pin Folder download option again and merge it. It seems to be working fine for me.

You may also need to close and reopen any Windows Explorer windows if you had them open when did the reg file merge. If that still does not help, then try logging off and on to see if it will work afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
what did work for me (I think mine was complicated as I needed a pinned shortcut to a folder on a mapped network drive)

make desktop shortcut to C:\
right click, pin to start menu
right-click new pinned shortcut (note: on start menu), rename
right-click again, edit, make it a shortcut to wherever, enter
profit

appreciate the tip anyway and thanks for the new site to kill time on :D
Ethan
 
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