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    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10

    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10

    How to 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
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    How to 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10

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    You can pin to Start any apps, contacts (People app), folders, drives, homegroup, library, network, and OneDrive so you can open them quickly, and see updates on live tiles for modern apps at a glance.

    By default, the only type of files that you can "Pin to Start" are .exe (application) files.

    This tutorial will show you how to Pin to Start and Unpin from Start an app, contact (People app), folder, drive, homegroup, library, network, and OneDrive on your Start menu in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:






    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10 OPTION ONE 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
    "Pin to Start" from File Explorer

    1. While in File Explorer, right click or press and hold on an item (ex: C: drive) you want to pin, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10 OPTION TWO 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
    "Pin to Start" from Start Menu

    1. Open your Start menu, and do step 2 or step 3 for how you would like to "Pin to Start" an app while in the Start menu.


     2. "Pin to Start" using Context Menu

    A) Right click or press and hold on an app (ex: OneDrive) on the left side, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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     3. "Pin to Start" using Drag and Drop

    A) Drag an app (ex: Internet Explorer) from the left side to where you want it's tile on Start (right side), and drop the tile to "Pin to Start". (see screenshots below)

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    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10 OPTION THREE 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
    "Unpin from Start" from Start Menu

    1. Open your Start menu open, right click or press and hold on any pinned item (ex: website) on the right side that you want to unpin, and click/tap on Unpin from Start. (see screenshot below)

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    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
    "Pin to Start" Settings

    1. Open Settings.

    2. Right click or press and hold on an icon in Settings, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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    OR

    3. Open a Settings, right click or press and hold on a setting on the left side, and click/tap on Pin to Start. (see screenshot below)

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    'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10
    "Pin this page to Start" in Microsoft Edge



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    17 Aug 2015 #1
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    Hi, Shawn. Will you have a "Pin to Start" for a file in the File Explorer context menu by any chance? You made one for 8/8.1. I found that very useful and quick.
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  2.    17 Aug 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Hi, Shawn. Will you have a "Pin to Start" for a file in the File Explorer context menu by any chance? You made one for 8/8.1. I found that very useful and quick.
    I'll have to test it again, but I don't think it worked in the preview builds.
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  3.    28 Feb 2016 #3
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    How can I remove an item from the start menu that refuses to be unpinned? I accidentally pinned a folder to the start menu and selecting unpin from start does nothing. Also left clicking on the item does nothing.
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  4.    28 Feb 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtP View Post
    How can I remove an item from the start menu that refuses to be unpinned? I accidentally pinned a folder to the start menu and selecting unpin from start does nothing. Also left clicking on the item does nothing.
    Hi ArtP welcome to Ten Forums
    Try going to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and deleting the shortcut icon.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html

    An easier way is right click the folder icon, click "More" and click "Open File Location" (takes you to the same place) and then delete the shortcut icon.
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  5.    28 Feb 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Try going to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and deleting the shortcut icon.

    An easier way is right click the folder icon, click "More" and click "Open File Location" (takes you to the same place) and then delete the shortcut icon.
    Thanks Cliff. The first suggestion didn't work because the shortcut icon is not listed. The second easier suggestion didn't work because right-clicking does not include "Open File Location" as an option, only "Unpin from Start" and "Resize". Screenshots are included. "xmltobgl" is the culprit icon.

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  6.    28 Feb 2016 #6
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    Ouch! It looks like a case where an icon sticks around after a file has been moved or deleted. If you have Ccleaner or some other all in one cleaner, try checking the start menu shortcuts and running.
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  7.    29 Feb 2016 #7
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    Thanks Cliff. CCleaner took care of it.

    Art
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  8.    29 Feb 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtP View Post
    Thanks Cliff. CCleaner took care of it.

    Art
    Good to hear
    I have had a similar problem with a desktop folder icon,
    where I deleted it, but had it open in a program,
    so for Windows it was still there,
    but... not,
    at the same time.
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  9.    29 Feb 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    where I deleted it, but had it open in a program,
    Would such a program be Windows Explorer? Best to close all windows when deleting start menu icons?

    Art
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