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Right-click on the batch file shortcut (as well as batch file itself). Context menu doesn't contain "Pin to Start" command. Is there any way to pin batch file to Windows 10 start menu?

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After you create the shortcut go to Properties and in the Target field add cmd /c "path", then you can pin it by right clicking on the shortcut and selecting Pin ...

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    On my system, after I create the shortcut, I don't see "Pin to Taskbar." But I do see "Pin to Start." I can select that and then right-click on it in the Start panel, and in "More >" there is "Pin to Taskbar."
    – vknowles
    Mar 8, 2018 at 20:28
  • upvoted as this works. Can you explain how to pin to taskbar? Jul 3, 2020 at 2:54
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    @KalamalkaKid You should also have "Pin to taskbar" in the right click menu. Jul 6, 2020 at 7:18
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  1. Create a directory in %appdata%/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/ (e.g. Custom);
  2. Create a shortcut to a batch/executable/target in the directory;
    2.1. (Optional) Wait for 5-20 seconds so the OS could handle the changes;
  3. Open Start Menu;
  4. Search for the shortcut using Start Menu;
  5. Right click on the result and press Pin to Start.
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Update: I used the suggestion above and Windows 10 force modified my path to C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c" C:\pathto\batch.bat". This works for me.

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    Could you add the name of the contributor you are referring to?
    – Daniel K
    May 30, 2019 at 17:48
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Create the shortcut file in a folder other than Programs. Then copy/move that shortcut into the Programs folder. You may need to provide admin credentials, but it'll work.

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This answer provides additional details to the solutions by @User552853 and @Angel and a workaround when updates are needed.

The solution by @User552853 ends up copying the shortcut to %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, meaning that the Start Menu link is different than the original shortcut created in the answer. This is important to keep in mind because updates to the original shortcut won't be reflected when the Start Menu shortcut is clicked. My workaround is:

  1. Delete the Start Menu shortcut
  2. Right click on the original (but modified) shortcut and select Pin to Start

Pinning to taskbar works in a similar but copies the shortcut to a different folder.

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