I basically want to do this, but in Windows 10: How to make an program (.exe file) visible when search from start menu (I've tried the solution listed there, but it doesn't seem to work in Windows 10)

I have an exe that I would like to be able to search for by pressing the windows key/start button. How can I make this exe show up in start menu search results?


The simplest way to add something to the start menu is to do this:

  1. Right-click on your .EXE file and select Create shortcut.
  2. Open Run... and type %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and press OK.
  3. Drag and drop the shortcut to your .EXE file into the Windows Explorer window you opened in Step 2.
  4. Right-click the shortcut to your .EXE file and select Rename... if you wish to change the name to something more user-friendly.

That shortcut should now appear in the Start Menu. Don't forget, you can also do this with documents and files, such as .DOCX or .JPG files if you use them frequently.

Hope this helped...

  • That was it! It's unfortunate that they removed the easy functionality, but I guess I'll just make a shortcut in my start menu to access the start menu folder. >.> – Allen Pestaluky Nov 22 '15 at 19:15
  • You could theoretically write a plug-in to add the option 'Add to Start Menu' to the right-click context menu, but that's beyond my capabilities. – Daniel Nov 22 '15 at 20:40

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