I was working with a buddy of mine the other night and he mentioned his article on pinning files to the Windows 8 start screen. So, today, I wanted to pin a file and did a search to see if I could find his article to solve this problem. I found his article, but I also ran across other articles which described how to enable pinning of any file to the start screen, so I thought I would share it with you as well.
Before we get started, I will give you a little bit of history for those who don’t understand what I am talking about. In Windows 8, you can pin a file from your File Explorer by simply right clicking on a file and selecting Pin To Start.
You will see the following on your Start Screen:
Pretty easy huh? Well, not so fast. If you right click on a document such as a PDF, you don’t get the Pin to Start option!
Crazy huh? Well, guess what? Someone smarter than me came up with a registry hack that will allow us to pin any file type to the Start Screen.
So, here we go…bring up your favorite editor of choice (mine is Notepad++) and type the following into it:
Now, let’s save the file to your desktop. But before you do this, make sure that you save it as a binary file. The simplest way to do this is make sure that you set the file type to *.* and name your file, PinAnyFileToStartHack.reg.
Now, double click on the shortcut, PinAnyFileToStartHack.reg on you desktop.
You should get a prompt like the following, select Yes:
Now, you should see the following, select OK:
If you go back to File Explorer, right click on a file, you will now get the Pin to start option. See below:
Select Pin to Start, and Bang, you should see it on your Start Screen.
Nice right? Well, what if you change your mind? How do I remove this awesome new hack? Well, that is pretty simple actually. Hit Win+R on your keyboard and type in regedit.
Select OK and this will load the Registry Editor. Now navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/*/shell. You should see the pintostartscreen key we created with the registry script.
Delete pintostartscreen and that will remove the hack. Close the Registry Editor. Done.
I hope this post helps you out! Enjoy!