The complete guide to pinning everything to the Start Menu in Windows 10

Did you know that you can pin many types of content to the Start Menu in Windows 10? It’s not just about apps and settings. You can also pin folders, libraries, network locations, websites and web pages, items from modern apps like notes from the OneNote app and so on. The list is long and in this guide we will show the many things that you can pin to the Start Menu , so that you can truly customize it and use it in a more pro ductive manner:

What you can and you can’t pin to the Start Menu in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can pin many types of elements to the Start Menu :

  • Modern apps from the Windows Store
  • Traditional desktop applications
  • Folders and libraries from your Windows 10 computer or device
  • Network computers and network locations like shared folders
  • Homegroup users
  • Your favorite websites and web pages
  • Categories of settings from the Settings app
  • Categories and links to settings from the Control Panel
  • E-mail accounts and email folders from the Mail app that’s included in Windows 10
  • Items from modern apps that you have installed which allow you to pin stuff to the Start Menu. For example, the Alarms & Clock app allows you to pin the time for multiple cities around the world. Another example is the OneNote app which allows you to pin your notes to the Start Menu.

Unfortunately there are several types of elements which can’t be pinned to the Start Menu. The most common example are files which are not executable, meaning that they don’t have the “.exe” file extension. For example, you can’t pin to the Start Menu files like documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, pictures and so on.

How to pin modern Windows 10 apps to the Start Menu

Modern Windows 10 apps, which you install from the Windows Store , are simple to pin to the Start Menu. The first thing you need to do, is go to the Start Menu and scroll down the list of apps until you find the one you are looking for. Then, right click or press and hold on its shortcut and then press “Pin to Start”.

You should now see the app pinned to the Start Menu and you can launch it from there, without scrolling the list of available apps.

How to pin desktop apps to the Start Menu

One way is to find the shortcut to the desktop app that you want to pin to the Start Menu and right click or tap and hold on it. Then, click or tap the “Pin to Start” option in the contextual menu.

You can also use File Explorer and navigate to the location of the app’s main executable file. Find where the application is installed, locate its executable and right-click or press and hold on it. Then, press “Pin to Start” in the right-click menu.

How to pin folders and libraries to the Start Menu

Folders and libraries are equally simple to pin to the Start Menu : open File Explorer , locate the folder or library that you want to pin and right click or tap and hold on it. Then, click or tap “Pin to Start”.

How to pin network computers and network shares to the Start Menu

If you’re on a network with multiple computers and shared resources, you might want to pin a network computer or a shared folder to the Start Menu so that you can easily access it whenever you need to. To pin a network location, open File Explorer , go to Network and navigate to its parent folder and right click or tap and hold on it. Then, click or tap “Pin to Start”.

The network location you selected is now pinned to the Start Menu.

How to pin Homegroup users to the Start Menu

Did you know that you can also pin Homegroup users to the Start Menu ? All you have to do is open File Explorer , go to Homegroup and right click or press and hold the name of the user that you want to pin. Then, click or tap “Pin to Start”.

It’s easy as pie!

How to pin your favorite websites or web pages to the Start Menu

If you are using Microsoft Edge as your web browser in Windows 10, you can easily pin any website or web page to the Start Menu :

Open the web page that you want to pin to the Start Menu in Microsoft Edge , then click or tap the More actions button (the button with the three dots, from the top-right corner). Next, click or tap “Pin this page to Start”.

Windows 10 informs you want “this app is trying to pin a tile to Start ” . Press Yes and the website or web page is now pinned to the Start Menu.

How to pin settings from the Settings app to the Start Menu

You might happen to have certain settings that you need to configure rather often. If this is the case, you might prefer to pin those settings to the Start Menu so that you can access them easily. To do that, open the Settings app , navigate to the section of settings that you want to pin and right click or tap and hold on the section. Then, click “ Pin to Start”.

Windows 10 informs you want “this app is trying to pin a tile to Start”. Press Yes and the section of settings you selected is now pinned to the Start Menu.

How to pin settings from the Control Panel to the Start Menu

If the settings you are dealing with on a regular basis are found in the Control Panel , you can pin those to the Start Menu as well . Open the Control Panel , navigate to the section of settings that you want to pin and right-click or press and hold on it. In the contextual menu, choose “Pin to Start .

How to pin e-mail accounts or e-mail folders to the Start Menu

If you are using the default Mail app from Windows 10 to access your e-mail, then you will be happy to know that you can pin both email accounts and email folders to the Start Menu.

Open the Mail app, go to All accounts or to Folders and right-click or press and hold the account or folder that you want pinned. Then, in the contextual menu, choose “Pin to Start .

Confirm that you want to pin this tile to the Start Menu and you are done.

How to pin items from modern Windows 10 apps to the Start Menu

Many modern apps from the Windows Store allow you to pin information and items from their content. For example, the Alarms & Clock app allows you to pin the time for multiple cities around the world, to the Start Menu. If you want to learn how to do that, read this guide: How to pin the time for multiple cities on the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Another example is the OneNote app from the Windows Store that allows you to pin your notes to the Start Menu. In your favorite apps, look for contextual options that allow you to pin stuff to the Start Menu.

What did you pin to your Start Menu?

As you can see, Windows 10 allows you to pin all kinds of things to the Start Menu. This is definitely a useful feature that can make you a lot more productive when performing repeated tasks. Which items have you pinned to your Start Menu ? Let us know in the comments section below. We are curious to see how your Start Menu looks like.