Pin Folders to the start menu

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 29, 2007
Updated • Sep 22, 2012
Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP

While Windows XP and Vista offer a way to pin files to the Start Menu both operating systems do not offer a way to pin folders to it. You might have noticed that a right-click on a file on your hard drive does not give the option to pin it to the Start Menu as well, it only appears if you press the shift key while right-clicking the file.

This however does not work for folders. One of my friend wanted his folders there which is why I researched the issue and found a way to add the pin to Start Menu right-click option for folders as well. This tweak requires that you open the registry and add a new key to it, make sure you back it up before you continue.

Open the registry by using run in Windows XP or the Search in Windows XP. Type in regedit32 and hit enter. Navigate to the following key in the registry and right-click choosing New > Key there.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers

Name that key {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8} and close the registry again. If you right-click a folder now while pressing the shift key you should see the option to pin that folder to the Windows Start Menu.

To reverse it you simply delete the key in the registry. Changes will take effect immediately, no reboot required.

With Microsoft removing the start menu from Windows 8, users do not have options anymore to pin the folder to the start menu. What you can do instead is pin folders to the Windows 7 taskbar where they are then available for selection. Please note that Windows 7 and Windows 8 share the same taskbar, so that all tips related to the taskbar work also under windows 8. You can alternatively pin the folder to the startpage, which is a new feature that Microsoft introduces in Windows 8. It is basically the page that you see when you start the operating system.


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