Pin Folders And Files To The Windows 7 Start Menu

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 30, 2010
Updated • Jun 10, 2014
Windows, Windows 7

The Windows 7 Start Menu is made up of two parts; The first screen shows recent items or selected programs depending on the customization of the user, the second a list of all programs that have added an entry to the Start Menu.

Programs can be pinned to the first screen of the Start Menu by right-clicking their icon in Windows Explorer and selecting the Pin To Start Menu context menu entry.

This adds the program to the Start Menu so that it can be launched from there.

But the option is only provided for executable files, and not even for all of them. A right-click on a folder or non-executable file does not display the context menu entry either.

It is nevertheless possible to pin folders and files to the Windows 7 Start Menu. The fastest way to do that is by dragging and dropping them to the desired location.

Start by dragging the folder or file to the Start Menu orb. A Pin To Start Menu overlay is displayed. Dropping the folder or file on the orb places it beneath all entries on the first page of the Windows 7 Start Menu.

Users who want to customize the position can wait until the Start Menu opens to place the folder or file in the desired location.

pin to start menu
pin to start menu

You will notice that the folder or file is now available in the start menu. A click on it will either open the folder in Windows Explorer or launch the file in the default viewer. That's one useful way of speeding up access to specific files or folders that were not pinned to the start menu by default.

You might also be interested in our article on how to pin files or folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar since drag and drop is not working for this operation.

Pin Folders And Files To The Windows 7 Start Menu
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Pin Folders And Files To The Windows 7 Start Menu
How to add files or folders to the Windows start menu to open them faster.

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  1. Anonymous said on January 17, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Worked great. Been trying for figure this out on and off for a few days. Thanks!

  2. Zach said on August 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Doesn’t work, windows just gives me the option to open the document with whatever program is in the start menu bar.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      You need to drag and drop it in a free location, not on a pinned program. Best, Martin

  3. Mike said on March 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    This totally doesn’t work for me.

  4. Martin Brinkmann said on February 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This works quite well on my system.

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