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    Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 10


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

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Pin to Start from the context menu for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Pin to Start" context menu.

    This will not affect the Pin to Start context menu in the Start menu and Settings.


    EXAMPLE: Pin to Start context menu
    Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 10-pin_to_start_context_menu.png



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Add "Pin to Start" to Context Menu

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Pin-to-Start_context_menu.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    ; Created by: Shawn Brink
    ; https://www.tenforums.com
    ; Tutorial: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/37258-pin-start-add-remove-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
    
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    @="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    @="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.Website\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    @="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    @="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"


    3 To Remove "Pin to Start" from Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Pin-to-Start_context_menu.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.Website\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #1

    Hi Brink
    How would the registry file be modified to be able to pin all files (of all extensions), urls, scripts, folders, and drives to the start menu? Would modifying the Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\* and Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects entries cover all of the file types listed above?
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  2. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    bamajon1974 said:
    Hi Brink
    How would the registry file be modified to be able to pin all files (of all extensions), urls, scripts, folders, and drives to the start menu? Would modifying the Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\* and Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects entries cover all of the file types listed above?
    Hello,

    You wouldn't want to have the "Pin to Start" context menu available for all file types since not all of them are able to be pinned to Start.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #3

    Understood. It looks like I can pin most folders (regular, special, hardlinked, etc.), drives and exe files to the start menu which is fine. What about URL files and links? Edge used to be able to do so but the new Chrome Edge lost the ability.
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  4. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    bamajon1974 said:
    Understood. It looks like I can pin most folders (regular, special, hardlinked, etc.), drives and exe files to the start menu which is fine. What about URL files and links? Edge used to be able to do so but the new Chrome Edge lost the ability.
    You should still be able to create a website shortcut that always opens to a specific browser, and pin it to Start.

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows
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  5. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #5

    Got it. IE and the old Edge pinned links (pinned internet shortcuts or something like that which is now depreciated) that showed site icons whereas the pinning in the tutorial you linked for websites opened in any default browser does not so I need to download a site icon and add to the shortcut, right?
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  6. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    bamajon1974 said:
    Got it. IE and the old Edge pinned links (pinned internet shortcuts or something like that which is now depreciated) that showed site icons whereas the pinning in the tutorial you linked for websites opened in any default browser does not so I need to download a site icon and add to the shortcut, right?
    If you like, you would need to find an icon to use for the shortcut if you don't want the default browser icon.
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  7. Posts : 463
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #7

    Perfect. Thank you for your help!
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  8. Posts : 61,869
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    bamajon1974 said:
    Perfect. Thank you for your help!
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 (Now) / 10
       #9

    Pin to start problem, How to remove from context menu


    Hello, this soluthion didnt help me, i tried to delete this keys, anyway i cant remove pin to start from context menu: win10 Pro x64 v2004

    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\pintostartscreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintostartscreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\pintostartscreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.Website\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mscfile\shell\pintostartscreen]
      My Computer


 

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