How to Pin Folder or Directory to Start Menu in Windows 7

April 29, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7


By default Windows 7 allows you to pin shortcuts and programs to start menu and taskbar. We have previously shared with you a tip on how to trick Windows allowing you to pin a folder to taskbar. The same thing goes for pinning in start menu where you can simply right click on any shortcut or the program itself and you will see “Pin to Start Menu”. Fortunately if you want to pin a folder to Start Menu, it is way easier than pinning to taskbar because all you need to do is drag the folder to the Windows 7 orb button and it will be pinned.

There is a registry hack where it enables the right click “Pin to Start Menu” option to any files or folders. The right click will have to be combined with a SHIFT button which will force the Pin to Start Menu to appear on restricted files or folders to pin on start menu. The registry changes is as follow:

1. Click the Windows 7 orb button and type regedit at the Search proigrams and files bar and hit enter.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\

3. On the left pane, right click on the ContextMenuHandlers folder and select New > Key

4. Name the key as {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}

5. Now press and hold the SHIFT key while you right click on a folder. You will notice the “Pin to Start Menu” option is available in the right click context menu.

To unpin a folder or item from the Start Menu, right click on it and select “Remove from this list”. If you press SHIFT key while right click, you will get to select “Unpin from Start Menu”.

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