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

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8
    How to Pin or Unpin App, Contact, Folder, Library, or Drive on Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by IownAmoneyPit is offline
    15 Sep 2011
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    How to Pin or Unpin App, Contact, Folder, Library, or Drive on Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin a app, contact from People app, folder, library, or drive on your Start screen in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.






    OPTION ONE
    To "Unpin from Start" from the Start Screen

    1. Open your Start screen.

    2. Right click or swipe down on one or more apps, folders, libraries, or drives that you want to unpin to select (check) them, then click/tap on Unpin from Start in the bottom options bar. (see screenshots below)

    See also: How to Open Context Menu and Options Bar on Start Screen in Windows 8.1


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    OPTION TWO
    "Pin to Start" or "Unpin from Start" from Apps Screen

    1. Open the Apps screen, and do either step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Unpin an App from the "Start" Screen from "Apps" Screen

    A) Right click or swipe down on a listed app that you would like to unpin from your "Start" screen to select (check it), and click/tap on Unpin from Start in the bottom options bar. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you do not see the Unpin from Start icon, then the app is not pinned to the "Start" screen and you would see Pin to Start instead.

    See also: How to Open Context Menu and Options Bar on Start Screen in Windows 8.1

    B) Go to step 4 below.

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    3. To Pin an App to the "Start" Screen from "Apps" Screen

    A) Right click or swipe down on a listed app that you would like to pin to your "Start" screen to select (check it), and click/tap on Pin to Start in the bottom options bar. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you do not see the Pin to Start icon, then the app is already pinned to the "Start" screen and you would see Unpin from Start instead.

    See also: How to Open Context Menu and Options Bar on Start Screen in Windows 8.1

    B) Go to step 4 below.

    Tip   Tip
    If the app is not listed in the "Apps" screen, then go to the hidden Start Menu system folder below in Windows Explorer, create a shortcut from the app's .exe file in the Start Menu folder path you want below, close Windows Explorer, then go back to step 2A to select the app.

    How to Add or Remove Items on "Apps" Screen in Windows 8

    For Your Account Only:
    C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    For All User Accounts:
    (must be administrator)
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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    4. The selected App will now be pinned or unpinned from the Metro "Start" screen.

    5. Repeat these steps if you would like to pin or unpin another app from the "Start" screen.






    OPTION THREE
    To "Pin to Start" from File Explorer

    1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the app, folder, library, or drive that you would like to pin to your "Start" screen.

    2. Right click or swipe down on the app, folder, library, or drive, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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    3. The app, folder, library, or drive will now be pinned to the Metro "Start" screen.






    OPTION FOUR
    "Pin to Start" or "Unpin from Start" a Contact in People app


    1. On your Start screen, click/tap on the People app to open it.

    2. While on the home page or all contacts page in People, click/tap on a contact you want to "Pin to Start" or "Unpin from Start" to open it.

    3. Right click on an empty area or swipe up from the bottom edge of the opened contact, and do step 4 or 5 below. (see screenshots below)

    4. To "Pin to Start" Contact

    A) Click/tap on the Pin to Start button at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Select the tile size you want on your Start screen, enter a name for the tile, click/tap on Pin to Start, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. To "Unpin from Start" Contact

    A) Click/tap on the Unpin from Start button at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Unpin from Start, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. When finished, you can close the People app if you like.




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    Thanks for this Tutorial.
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    Nice one thankyou
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    You can also then drag them around on the start menu and create a new group

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    Nice tutorial, thanks.
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    I have Acronis True Image 2011 and QuickBooks Pro 2008 installed, neither show up in Apps search. I can pin them to Taskbar through Windows Explorer though.

    ETA - MY BAD - I unpinned both from Start Menu right after initial install. A re-install of Acronis and a Repair of QB and all is good. Stupid Piggy.
    Last edited by 24c; 18 Sep 2011 at 07:54 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24c View Post
    I have Acronis True Image 2011 and QuickBooks Pro 2008 installed, neither show up in Apps search. I can pin them to Taskbar through Windows Explorer though.
    Similar thing happened to me when I installed my logitech webcam but solved the problem by
    finding the original application launcher in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\logishrd\LWSPlugins\LWS\Applets\Launcher then created a shortcut to desktop then copy/pasting in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Logitech.

    In conclusion sometimes the exe file or shortcut does not get natively installed in the normal Program Files/Program Files x86 > (Application name folder) or may be listed as an Application rather than an exe or shortcut therefore not appearing as an App.

    The example I gave worked for that particular program but I had no luck trying to create a Windows Defender shortcut to see if it would appear as an App.

    Another alternative is to create a Start Menu Toolbar - Create on Windows 8 Desktop Taskbar
    which would contain all of your shortcuts + more could be added freeing up valuable taskbar space.
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    Thanks IoAmP, all set for now, but who knows what info may be helpful in the future.
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    Thanks a lot! Resolved a lot of confusion on my part. Is it just me, or is this not as intuitive as it should be?
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    I couldn't get this to work with "cmd," along with a slew of other programs I haven't installed but are a part of Windows (installed programs work great in this instance).

    Anyone else?

    Granted - it's still pre-beta.
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