Friday, August 5, 2011

Tips: How to enable folder and library pin to Start Menu in Windows 7

By default, you will be able to pin only the Pin Programs to the start menu and it’s not possible to pin the folders and libraries in Windows 7. This is article will be useful if you’re trying to enable folder and library pin to start menu. By default, what we use to do is dragging a folder to the start button until we see the Pin to Start Menu option and dropping it to the Pin folder. However, this procedure will be something different for adding the Pin to Start Menu option to the context menu of the folder or library.

Make sure that from the Start menu, All Programs area, we will be able to pin only the folders we have added and not any of the default Accessories, Administrative Tools, Maintenance, and Startup folders.

1.    First, it is required to open the registry by typing regedit in the search box and pressing the enter key. Check the screen shot out.



2.    If UAC is prompted to allow the access, click on Yes. If the computer prompts for the administrator password, enter it to perform the steps successfully.
3.    Now, check the below screenshot and navigate to the following registry path.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers


Now, follow the below steps to enable folder and library Pin to Start Menu
4.    It is required to click on ContextMenuHandlers in the left pane.
5.    Then, click on New and Key.
6.    After that, it is required to type {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}



7.    Then, press Enter.

Now, to disable folder and library Pin to Start Menu follow the following steps.
8.    Now, right click on {a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8} and click on Delete.
9.    Then, click on Yes to confirm the deletion.
10.    After that, close the registry.
11.    That’s it. All it is done.

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