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How to pin apps to the Taskbar or Start in Windows 10

by AshwinAugust 7, 2015

We are back again with another tutorial for new users of Windows 10.

Pin-to-Taskbar-Start

This time it is a rather simple, yet important one.

One of the main features in Windows 10, is the Start Menu. Thought it is not entirely the same as the one in Windows 7, it is a welcome addition to Windows 10, after being infamously removed from Windows 8 and the dreaded Metro UI.

The Start Menu consists of two parts, as we have already seen in many different articles, especially this one. If you don’t like the Start Menu, you can switch to one of our suggested alternative Start Menu apps.

If you do like the Start Menu, and wish to know how to pin apps to the Live Tile section of it, or on to the Taskbar read on.

Every Windows user, will have a few favorite apps, which he/she will use everyday. For ease of access, you might have placed a shortcut to your favorite app on the desktop. But, what happens if you have dozens of favorite apps? Placing shortcuts for every app will make your desktop screen, look like a cluttered mess of icons, which in turn will make finding the app you want to open a tiresome task.

There is a simple solution to avoid this mess, and also keep your favorite apps, just one click away. All you have to do is pin some of your apps to the taskbar, and some other apps to the Start Menu (Tiles). This will reduce the number of icons on your desktop, and also give a  boost to your multitasking capability.

For quick multitasking,  I recommend categorizing apps into three different sets.

1. Icons on the desktop – for everyday apps as well as games.

2. Pinned icons on the taskbar – for internet  and basic function apps like browser, email, notepad, Windows Store, etc.

3. Live Tiles in the Start Screen- as a backup for quickly opening apps, which you may need once in a while.

Now comes the question,

How to pin apps to the Taskbar or Start in Windows 10 ?

This is very easy, and can be done in several ways.

Pinning an app from the Start Menu:

Right click on any icon or shortcut from the Start Menu and Choose “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar”. This will add the tile/icon to Start/Taskbar respectively.

(Refer to the above image for an example of how to do this)

Pinning an app from the Taskbar:

Right click on any open app’s icon on the Taskbar, and select “Pin to Taskbar”. This will add the icon to Taskbar. You can also do this to unpin apps.

Pin-to-Taskbar

Pinning an app from search (Cortana):

Search for any app, and Right click on the search result, and select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar”. This will add the tile/icon to Start/Taskbar respectively.

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How to unpin apps from the Taskbar or Start in Windows 10 ?

This is similar to pinning the apps. Right-click on any icon or tile and select “Unpin this program from the taskbar” to remove the icon the Taskbar.

 

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or “Unpin from Start”  to remove the tile from Start.

Unpin-from-Start

You can also turn live tiles off similarly.

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