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Adding a Program to the Start Menu Permanently

If you're not totally comfortable with the way programs come and go from the Start menu, rest assured the tried-and-true Programs menu still exists. Just click the All Programs link on the Start menu, and the Programs menu appears, just like you remember it.

If you'd rather display a program on the Start menu than on the Programs menu, but don't want the icon going away if you don't use it, you're in luck. You can add any program to the Start menu permanently. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the Start menu, click the All Programs link to display the Programs menu.

  2. Navigate to the program you want to add to the Start menu, and right-click that program.

  3. From the pop-up menu, select Pin to Start Menu.


You can use this same method to add any program file to the Start menu, even if it doesn't appear on the Programs menu. Just use My Computer to navigate to an application file, and then right-click the file and select Pin to Start Menu from the pop-up menu.

The program you selected now appears on the Start menu, just below the browser and e-mail icons.

To remove a program you've added to the Start menu, right-click its icon and select Unpin from Start Menu.

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