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


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Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8
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.
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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.
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)​
Start-1.jpg
Start-2.jpg





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.​
B) Go to step 4 below.​
Apps-Pin-1.jpg
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.​
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.
Tip   Tip

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
Start_menu.jpg
Apps-Unpin-1.jpg
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)​
Explorer-Pin.jpg
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)​
People_Contact_Pin_to_Start-1.jpg
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)​
People_Contact_Pin_to_Start-2.jpg

5. To "Unpin from Start" Contact
A) Click/tap on the Unpin from Start button at the bottom. (see screenshot below)​
People_Contact_Unpin_from_Start-1.jpg
B) Click/tap on Unpin from Start, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​
People_Contact_Unpin_from_Start-2.jpg

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.
 
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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.
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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#9
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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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! :D
 

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You're most welcome Mike. :)
 

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Tutorial updated to include more options. :)
 

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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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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:

Run as Administrator - Windows 7 Forums

2011-09-30_003004.jpg

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

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Thanks, Shawn. Way too cool! :)
 
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#18
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#19
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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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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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone