How to pin a FILE to the Start Screen

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Dragon Drop, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Dragon Drop

    Dragon Drop MDL Novice

    Dec 24, 2012
    At least Windows 8 makes it easy to create a Start Screen tile for a program, or for a folder. But if you have a FILE that you open often (like a Word file, a Notepad file, or a PDF) and you want a tile to open it, there's no ready-made way to create one.
    But you can do it this way. Open your Start Menu folder, which is
    C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    (It's a hidden folder, so just paste the above path into the File Explorer address bar.)
    Then open the folder containing your file. Right-click the file's icon and select "Copy." Then right-click in the Start Menu folder and select NOT "Paste," but "Paste Shortcut."
    This makes the shortcut look like an "App" to Windows 8, so if you then go to the Metro Search Screen and search for "Apps" it will come up there, and you can right-click it and "Pin to Start."
  2. Hackeur

    Hackeur MDL Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    #2 Hackeur, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    the alternative method I use is:
    reg file to pin anything to the start screen:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    copy/paste in notepad - save as pintostartscreen.reg