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Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

  1. #11


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    Hello Mike,

    It appears that you have to select the program's shortcut to be able to pin the app instead of searching for the program's exe file. For example, it didn't have pin option when I searched for cmd in apps, but if I selected the Command Prompt app (shortcut), it would allow me to pin that to the Start screen.

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    Whoa! Thanks, Shawn, that works a treat.
    Much appreciated. In fact, very much appreciated!
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  3. #13


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    You're most welcome Mike.
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  4. #14


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    Tutorial updated to include more options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Tutorial updated to include more options.
    Thank's Brink I did know there were that many more options but as all our members delve further into Windows 8 we keep posting hidden treasures.
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    You're welcome mate. That's the great fun of a new OS to discover and find all the little things.
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  7. #17


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    I really like the ability to add shortcuts into the hidden folder "Users/[User Name]/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu" and then have them show up in Metro.

    One can also make the shortcut run as admin without having to right click on it in Metro and explicitly telling it to do so:

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    (the above should be "right click then select "Properties" ... sorry )

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    Thanks, Shawn. Way too cool!
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  9. #19


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    Hm... I see a lot of customization tricks becoming available for Windows 8. I'm just finding this context menu a bit fiddly when I'm pinning items, as I have to keep moving my mouse all over the screen.
    Great tutorial, though. Helped me out quite a bit!
    I'm starting to feel that this new start menu is a bit like a fancy rainmeter...
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  10. #20


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    Hello Avalon,

    If it helps any, I find that the Apps screen is basically just the All Programs from the old Windows 7/Vista Start Menu, but now metro styled. The Metro Start screen is basically like the pin to area from the the old Windows 7/Vista Start Menu before clicking on "All Programs".
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