Windows – Can’t Pin Some Applications to Start Menu in Windows 10

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When I right click on certain shortcut and click "Pin to Start Menu," it does not appear on my start menu. When I right click them again it still says "Pin to…" instead of "Unpin…".

The thing is it works for most shortcuts, just not some random ones.

The applications I'm unable to pin are Visual Studio 2015 and WinSCP. Why can't I pin these items?

Also another quirk, I am unable to pin anything to the start menu by dragging and dropping it in. My cursor looks like this when I try:

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Best Answer

The issue I think arises due to that shortcut not being in the Programs links directory first.

Follow this:

  1. Copy the shortcut to %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  2. It should now show up in the start menu under Recently added
  3. Pin it now