Pin A Program To The Start Menu In Vista

Have you ever taken a closer look at your Start Menu? If you have, you’ll notice there are distinction sections. There is the All Programs option. Above this you have all sorts of programs, which can change if you hadn’t noticed. This is because these are your recently used programs. Any programs you recently opened are added to this section of the Start Menu. Windows Vista assumes since you opened it once, you will likely need access to it again soon so it’s added directly to the Start Menu for faster access. And above this you have your pinned programs.

So what exactly are your pinned programs? A pinned program is one that is manually added to the Start Menu and remains there until you remove it. So for those programs you access on a daily basis, one of the options you have for making them faster to open is to pin them to the Start Menu. You can pin a program to the Start Menu by right clicking the specific program and selecting the option to Pin to Start Menu. Keep in mind though that if multiple users share the computer, the program will only appear as a pinned program for the user who is currently logged on.

[tags]diana huggins, vista, windows, microsoft, start menu, all programs[/tags]

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  • Tess

    I know this article’s a little old, and I haven’t fully searched the site yet, but so far it’s the closest to my question, so I thought I’d ask it here on the off chance someone might be able to answer it…

    I just got a new laptop with Vista, and so far I’m digging it, adapting fairly quickly. One thing I miss from XP though, is the ability to pin shortcuts to files (on a MemoryStick) to the Start menu, not just programs. I have a couple of specific files I update regularly (LWP, 123, GIF), and I’d much rather grab them from the pin area of the Start Menu where I have related apps pinned, than the desktop, MemStick folder, or recent items menu. This is how I worked with XP and I’d rather not have to invent a new routine with more clicks.

    My question: Can I still do this? Or is this an example of reducing flexibility in the name of ‘progress’? 😉 So far all I can seem to do is pin a copy of the actual file there, and it’s a hassle to do so (copy to another Start folder, then drag to pin area). I want to click the filename in the pin area and open the file on the MemStick.

    Any help is appreciated (even if it’s to say I can no longer do this).
    7:52 PM 4/13/2007

  • Tess

    PS – I can pin file shotcuts to my Quicklaunch bar, keeping them within one or two clicks, but I’d prefer the full-view yet simple organization of the Start menu if possible.
    8:23 PM 4/13/2007

  • Lorne

    The ‘Pin’ feature is one of the most frustrating features of vista, you can pin some things, but others will not pin. Try pinning a URL shortcut – I don’t think it can be done. I succeeded in pinning a network folder once but I cant do it again.

    I’ve never had this much trouble adapting to an OS since the 80s!

    Frustrated & Angry