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, 2015 at 20:48
  • I've tried it with shortcuts too. (tried it with every kind of file) Aug 6, 2015 at 13:46
  • 1
    Have you activated windows?
    – Tim
    Aug 17, 2015 at 10:24
  • I having the same problem here.. it seems to be related to amount of apps installed.
    – G.Y
    Sep 3, 2015 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, 2015 at 7:20

1 Answer 1


PaulC_1's answer:

  1. Create a shortcut to the item within:
    # Once done, item appears in the list of Start Programs
      %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  2. Right-click on the item within Start Programs and select Pin to Start

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