#192: Pin Items to the Start Menu

You’ve probably noticed the left side of the Start menu—but do you know why it is divided in two? That left panel is a list of programs with “pinned” items showing above the separtor and your most frequently used programs below the line.

By default, Windows XP links to your Internet browser and your e-mail application in the pinned items list and can have as many as 30 shortcuts to the programs you most frequently use  (The default for list is six.)

This week we’ll see how you can take advantage of the Start menu as a launching area for all the programs you use most often, you can configure the entire left panel as a pinned items list.

Managing Your Start Menu Items:

  1. Right-click the Start button and select the Properties command to display the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
  2. Click the Customize button adjacent to the Start Menu radio button to display the Customize Start Menu dialog box.
  3. In the Programs panel, you can set the Number Of Programs On The Start Menu setting to whatever you want it to be or even get rid of items if you click the Clear List button.
  4. When you’re done, click OK twice—once to close the Customize Start Menu dialog box and once to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog boxes.

Pinning programs like NetMeeting to your Start menu can save you time and the aggravation of trying to navigate the 8 submenus necessary to launch it…if you can even find it at all!

Pinning Programs to the Start Menu:

  1. Locate and right-click on a program anywhere in the Start menu and select the Pin To Start Menu command.

You can even pin documents to the start menu. This is great if you have things like monthly reports or templates that you want quick and easy access to via the start menu.

Pinning Documents to the Start Menu:

  1. Locate and shift + right-click on a document and select the Pin To Start Menu command.

You can pin as many as 30 programs and/or documents to your Start menu, depending on your screen resolution setting.

Now that you’re in total control of your Start menu…..you can really take advantage and make it work exactly the way you want it to.

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