You can search for a document and click to open it, but is there a way to put a document you are working with on the Start Menu (Metro UI) for quick selection?

  • @Rich Melton: That brings up a good point. While consumption of online feeds seems to be the rage on the MetroUI, I wonder where local documents fits into this picture. Before, I could create libraries of each project I was working on, which weeded me away from the hierarchical filesystem. Now, I'm not so sure where Libraries fit in. . . – surfasb Sep 17 '11 at 16:31
  • @surfasb - That's something I was thinking also. Homegroups too? As this is technical preview, and not a feature complete release, I'm curious to see what the Beta shows up with. – Ritch Melton Sep 17 '11 at 16:37
  • @Rich Melton: Yeah, that reminds me. I have to test the homegroups. It would be a shame if Library support dropped to the waist side. . . – surfasb Sep 17 '11 at 16:44
  • @surfasb - Yup, I have a corporate customer who I've been persuading to use the feature to help mitigate some IT department issues with backing up data. We'll see. – Ritch Melton Sep 17 '11 at 16:55
  • @surfasb - Homegroups is in the metro control panel. When you search for documents, pictures, etc... you do get a title that looks like it should be able to be pinned, but it doesn't stay. Given the nature of the developer preview's focus on app development and Sinofsky's comments about the amount of missing features (eg: Paragon), I'm speculating that the beta will clear this issue up. – Ritch Melton Sep 18 '11 at 20:27

Here is an article that explains how to add a shutdown tile to the Metro UI, you could possibly add documents to the same location.

Move this shortcut into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs (the location of the start menu). Anything in here can be pinned to the Start Screen.

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  • Good idea, but that doesn't seem to do it. – Ritch Melton Sep 16 '11 at 1:49
  • Maybe it has to be a shortcut to a document? – Moab Sep 16 '11 at 2:17
  • The Metro UI internally follows the shortcut and confirms it is an application, to prevent non-application tiles. – Tamara Wijsman Sep 17 '11 at 16:44
  • Moab, because shutdown.exe is, perhaps unsurprisingly, an application, not a document. I'd be a little scared it a document could shut down my computer, too. – Joey Oct 30 '12 at 19:34

Drop a bath file that starts your document in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

This is a hack that may not work later. There are a lot of complains about Windows 8 adding ALL shortcuts installed by programs to the metro start screen, including uninstall shortcuts. Microsoft may do something about that.

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  • Yea, that's been tried see the existing answer. While watching the build conference sessions, I've been looking at what is on other's start menus. There's def a feature disparity between this build and what is installed on the Microsoft machines at the conference. – Ritch Melton Sep 17 '11 at 15:46

This worked for me. Create a shortcut to the application in quotes followed by the location of the document in quotes. Put the shortcut in the location identified above.

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You could use a third-party application such as Pin to 8

pint to 8

In the screenshot below, I've added an SQL dump file as an example.

start screen with file

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You can't put anything in the Windows 8 Start Menu, maybe in the future build updates you can once it's been implemented but all you can really do now is just go to the Desktop and pin it to your Taskbar and select it from there.

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  • I can add applications. Since Applications, Settings, and Files all show up under search, I thought there should be a way. I don't know though. – Ritch Melton Sep 15 '11 at 18:09
  • This won't be implemented, you can't start documents or files. – Tamara Wijsman Sep 17 '11 at 16:45
  • But you can start documents. From the command line, I can type "start C:\Users\dschilling\Documents\my-spreadsheet.xlsx", and Excel opens, displaying the spreadsheet I specified. – Daniel Schilling Sep 10 '13 at 20:57

You need an application to create secondary tiles for documents and folders.

There are already a lot of other ways to open them:

  • Find them on your desktop.
  • Find them using WIN+F.
  • Open them from your library.
  • Open them through your application.
  • Open them through the jump list of your application.
  • ...

Also, it's quite a shift from the intended paradigm, that's why Microsoft will not implement this...

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Use OblyTile to pin any file to Start.

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Just press Windows+Q -> Search documents -> right click -> Pin to start.

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  • Not what the OP is asking. – pratnala Sep 17 '13 at 17:32

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