I seem to be completely unable to add items to the start menu in Windows 10.

If I right-click on a folder and choose "Pin to Start" nothing happens.

If I drag and drop an item onto the start menu, nothing happens (screenshot of the icon I see when trying to drag and drop a folder. I drew the red box around the icon of a folder I am trying to drop).

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I have checked to make sure the various "Start Menu" folders have correct permissions. I have even tried creating shortcuts to these items IN the start menu folders. The shortscuts get created, but the items do not show up on the start menu.

What can I do to solve this?

  • You are only suppose to be able to pin to a folder to quick access so that is at least half the problem. – Ramhound Aug 5 '15 at 20:48
  • I've tried it with shortcuts too. (tried it with every kind of file) – Clever Human Aug 6 '15 at 13:46
  • Have you activated windows? – Tim Aug 17 '15 at 10:24
  • I having the same problem here.. it seems to be related to amount of apps installed. – G.Y Sep 3 '15 at 6:07
  • I have got the very same problem. Installers won't create any start menu entries as well. Have you got any solution for this problem by now, @CleverHuman – user35770 Sep 29 '15 at 7:20

The steps are to

  1. Place a shortcut to the item in %appdata%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs; the item now appears in the long list of programs
  2. Right-click on the item in the start programs list, and you will see "Pin to Start"

See here, PaulC_1's answer, among other places.

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