How to add location shortcuts to the Start Screen in Windows 8

Shortcuts Start Screen Windows 8

Most people who has been relying on Windows for many years, it might take some get used to Windows 8′ new Metro style user interface, but one thing that many users are going miss is the Start menu that has been part of the operating system since Windows 95.

Now with Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new menu called the Start Screen, which in my personal opinion is great, all the live tiles with useful information about each individual application, the ability to group set of applications together (for example, for work, entertainment, reading, etc.), and much more. While the Start Screen is set to replace the Start menu users will expect to at least have available some old options, such as the links to Computer, Documents, Devices and Printers, Network, etc.

By default these links will not appear in the Start Screen, however in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft made it easier to add these shortcuts. Keep reading to learn more.

The process to pin shortcuts to the Start Screen

1. Go to Desktop and open the Windows Explorer.

2. For this example, I am selecting Desktop from the Favorites menu in left pane and a set of icons to different locations (Libraries, Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, etc.) will be displayed. Right-click the locations you want and select Pin to Start. That’s it!

Pin To Start - Windows 8

Quick Tip: You can not only add locations found in the Desktop, but also for various other places, for example, from the Control Panel you can right-click any icon setting and pin it to the Start Screen.

If you are one of those users that feels that are going to miss the old Start menu, one more thing you can do is to re-arrange the Start Screen tiles around to make it look similar to the old menu (refer to the image below), programs on left and links to other locations on the right.

Start Screen tweak - Windows 8

If you have any tips or question on Windows 8, don’t forget to leave a comment.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].