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    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8

    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
    How to Add or Remove "Pin to Start" Context Menu for Files in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    15 Dec 2012
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    How to Add or Remove "Pin to Start" Context Menu for Files in Windows 8 and 8.1

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    By default, Windows 8 will let you "Pin to Start" apps , folders, drives, libraries, management consoles (.msc files), and shortcuts to any of these.

    This tutorial will let you add or remove "Pin to Start" from the context menu of all files for all users to be able to pin any file to their Start screen and not just the default ones listed above in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: "Pin to Start" for All Files

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    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8 OPTION ONE "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
    Add or Remove "Pin to Start" in Windows 8 and Windows RT

    1. Do step 2, 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Add "Pin to Start" to Context Menu of All Files in Windows 8/RT

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_8_Pin_to_Start_to_Files_Context_Menu.reg


    download


    3. To Remove "Pin to Start" from Context Menu of All Files

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Pin_to_Start_from_Files_Context_Menu.reg


    download


    4. To Restore Default "Pin to Start" Context Menu in Windows 8/RT
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Restore_8_Default_Pin-to_Start.reg


    download


    5. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve merging the .reg file.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







    "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8 OPTION TWO "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
    Add or Remove "Pin to Start" in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1


    NOTE: This includes Windows 8.1 Update as well.

    1. Do step 2, 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Add "Pin to Start" to Context Menu of All Files in Windows 8.1/RT 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_8-1_Pin_to_Start_to_Files_Context_Menu.reg


    download


    3. To Remove "Pin to Start" from Context Menu of All Files

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Pin_to_Start_from_Files_Context_Menu.reg


    download


    4. To Restore Default "Pin to Start" Context Menu in Windows 8.1/RT 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Restore_8-1_Default_Pin-to_Start.reg


    download


    5. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve merging the .reg file.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thanks Shawn.

    Here's another one to remove when you are at the Desktop.

    The ones you gave do not remove "Pin to Start" when I right click a folder.

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintostartscreen]
    "MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-51201"
    "NeverDefault"=""
    "Description"="@shell32.dll,-51202"
    "MultiSelectModel"="Single"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintostartscreen\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

    Ron

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you Ron. I've updated the files for that, and added a few more items as well.
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    Windows 8 Pro Pack


    Thanks Shawn for the update.

    It's funny, but I don't have this key:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\pintostartscreen]

    I have the rest of the keys but that one.

    But in the end, "Pin to start" is aaalll gone.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're not imagining things. The [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\pintostartscreen] registry entry is not there by default. This is the entry that allows all file types to have the "Pin to Start" option other than just the default application files.
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    8, 8.1 ,7 , xp, cent os

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    Hello Folks...
    in Windows pro 8 ist a nice tool, it runs my own Java browser from start.
    But in WindowsBlue 8.1 prwiew.. i got the message...
    Interface not allowed...
    but with a Folder from Desktop it works.

    Any Ideas ??
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Scarli,

    I've updated the tutorial so that it will work in Windows 8.1 Preview as well now. Please try, and let me know how it works for you.
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    a small village
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    hello brink....thx ist marvellous n best regards from most watch nsa Country...
    greetz
    Last edited by scarli; 09 Jul 2013 at 13:30.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Scarli. Thank you for posting back.
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    This simply isn't working for me on my 8 side. I followed the tute to the T, rebooted, and nothing has changed on the context menu. I performed it 3 times to no avail. It's such a simple thing, yet when it doesn't work it's frustrating. Any ideas?

    In the mean time, I'll go over to my 8.1 side to see if it works there. I can see where this will be quite handy.
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