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Brink

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mvp
Start Menu - Pin to How to Pin a Program to the Start Menu in Vista
This will show you how to add or remove a pinned program or program shortcut to the left white area of the Start menu to make it easier to open.
Published by Brink Category: Taskbar and Start Menu 
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How to Pin a Program to the Start Menu in Vista
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This will show you how to add or remove a pinned program or program shortcut to the left white area of the Start menu to make it easier to open.
How to Pin a Program to the Start Menu in Vista



information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove a pinned program or program shortcut to the left white area of the Start menu to make it easier to open.
Note   Note

  • This does not work in the Classic Start Menu.
  • It is best to Pin the actual source EXE for the program and not a shortcut to the program. It is easier for a shortcut to be moved or deleted, causing the pinned program shortcut in the Start menu to not work anymore.
Tip   Tip
To see how to pin a folder or folder shortcut to the Start Menu, see: How to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu in Vista

EXAMPLE: Pin area of the Start Menu
NOTE:
This is the left white side of the Start menu. To change the size of these icons to be large or small, see: How to Display Small or Large Icons in the Vista Start Menu
Start_Menu.jpg



OPTION ONE
How to Pin a Program to the Start Menu

1. Right click on the program exe or program shortcut.​
NOTE: If you delete or move this program exe or program shortcut, the pinned icon will no longer function properly.
2. Click on Pin to Start Menu. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Sometimes you may need to press and hold Shift key and then right click to see the Pin to Start Menu option.
Right_Click.jpg




OPTION TWO
How to Remove a Pinned Program

NOTE: If you cannot get Vista to remove the pinned program, then see step two here: How to Fix Recent Programs Not Being Remembered in Vista
1. Right click on the pinned program inside the Start Menu.​
2. Depending on the pinned program, click on either Remove from this list or Unpin from Start Menu. (See screenshots below)​
Remove1.jpg Remove2.jpg

That's it,
Shawn



 
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#2
Thanks for the information. However, the remove option leaves me wanting a little more...

Let's say I go to the application folder on the disk for Google Chrome ("C:\Users\MyUserFolder\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\") and pin chrome.exe to my start menu.

To remove that pinned item, is there no way I can edit the item on the start menu? I have to go back to the Google Chrome folder in order to unpin it? What if I don't remember where the program folder is? I have to search for "chrome.exe" to find it, then pick through the list until I find the right file? This seems ridiculous.

Is there an easier way to remove the pin?

Thanks,
Wes
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#3
Hello Wes, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I think you may have misunderstood. You can right click on the pinned item inside the Start Menu itself to see those options in OPTION TWO of the tutorial.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
#4
It is best to Pin the actual source EXE for the program and not a shortcut to the program. It is easier for a shortcut to be moved or deleted, causing the pinned program shortcut in the Start menu to not work anymore.
The start menu pin removal option only works if we don't follow the above recommendation, and that still requires navigating through the start menu to find the pinned item in question. Is there any way to edit the list directly?

I just think it would be silly if I cannot either:
1. Right-click on the pinned menu to remove an item, OR
2. Open up the pinned menu list in file explorer and organize it as I wish.

And you're right, the way you say to remove the pinned item does seem to be the way it is intended to work, so I don't mean any disrespect to your tutorial. I guess this is more of a complaint against the functionality of the Vista start menu :(
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#9
Hello Ildar, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, it's just like a shortcut. You can see where these pinned Start Menu items are stored at in the green information box at the top of the tutorial.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
#10
Yes, it's just like a shortcut.
Thank you, it a little helps. I found that Pin files.
I am confused that the properties of shortcut is showing as shortcut (.lnk) but
properties of Pin showing as executable file (.exe) which could mean that "Pinning" will copy exe file to user' s Start menu folder. One of friend of mine said
I organized my Start Up menu very poorly by Pinning (which he think copying) exe files.
Is there a difference between a shortcut and a Pin?
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#11
A pinned item is a shortcut. It does not copy the exe file, but is only a shorcut file that merely points to the exe file like a shortcut does. :)