I'm using windows 10, and I wondered if there was some way to pin an actual pdf file to the start menu. I know I can pin the pdf reader, but to me the point of the start menu is ease of access, and if I have to point and click to open frequently used pdf files than I feel a little disappointed.

When I try to right click the pdf file, there is no 'pin to start' option from the menu, so I guess that's not a good sign. However, it's 2017, people can split the atom, surely there is a way to pin a specific pdf file to the start menu.

  • Have you tried dragging it to the start menu? – John Dvorak Mar 25 '17 at 11:59
  • yea, it displays a red cross icon, and upon finishing drag and drop it doesn't work. – Arash Howaida Mar 25 '17 at 12:02
  • I'm surprised. I guess you could write a tiny powershell script to open the PDF, but it seems like a workaround. – John Dvorak Mar 25 '17 at 12:03

You can right-click any PDF file that you choose and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). You may also prefer to rename your shortcut to something more unique, or at the very least, remove the visible - Shortcut suffix.

After that, you can copy that shortcut to one of the following locations:

Only your Start Menu - %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

All users Start Menu - %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Taking it a step further, you can potentially right-click that shortcut within the alphabetical All Apps list and select Pin to Start.

Pin to Start

Start Menu


Alternate answer : Make a new Shortcut to your preferred PDF program, usually with Send to Desktop. Right click and choose Properties, then add the path to the desired app at the end of the Target path. Rename the shortcut to your document's name, and drag the shortcut into %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs .


I just inserted the PDF into a word document, then pinned the word document to the start menu.

  • If you can pin word documents to your Start Menu, then you can pin PDF files to your Start Menu. Also, unless you CONVERTED the PDF, this saves no clicks, and in fact, makes the process more difficult. – music2myear Feb 23 '18 at 18:26

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