Windows 8 Start Menu

Let’s say that you want to quickly get to the folder where you download stuff. You can make the Downloads folder available on the Taskbar as well as the new Start menu.

Pin to a Taskbar icon

You can drag any folder to your Explorer Taskbar icon and pin it. Here the menu is visible when right-clicking on the Explorer icon. You can also pin (promote) links from the Frequent section as well.

Downloads is Pinned to the Explorer Taskbar

Pin to the Windows 8 Start Menu Screen

You can also take any icon or folder from the desktop and right-click to Pin to Start.

Pin to Start

Now my Downloads folder is on my Start and can be opened in one click/touch after pressing the Windows key.

Pinning other Shortcuts of all Kinds

Once you know you can pin stuff, you can make custom shortcuts and pin other stuff. Right click anywhere and make a new Shortcut. This is a generic pointer to whatever you like.

New Shortcut

You can change the properties of a shortcut like I have here. I’ve got a shortcut to shutdown with -t 0 added to the parameters so the system will shutdown immediately.

NOTE: You CAN make these shortcuts if it will make you happy but in the case of Shutdown, I just press the Power Button.

shutdown.exe -s -t 0

Now just right click the new shortcut and pin it to either the Taskbar or Start. If you’re tidy, and I am sure you are, why not customize the icon?

Shutdown Icon customized

And now my new Shutdown icon looks like this.

Shutdown Computer

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

Restart Computer

Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Pin Internet Explorer 10 Desktop in the Start Menu

Now that you have figured out how to make crazy shortcuts then Pin them. Hopefully this is as empowering to you as it is to me.

As a Web Developer I have a bunch of Web Browsers pinned to both Start and the Taskbar. However, the Internet Explorer icon in the Start Menu goes to the full screen IE10 and sometimes I want the Desktop IE10.

Desktop IE10

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