Windows 8 - Pin Applications to Useful Locations

Pin Applications to the Taskbar

Like its predecessors, Windows 8 allows you to pin applications to the taskbar.  You can pin Windows 8 applications to the taskbar by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Pin to Taskbar 1

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.  On the Start menu, begin typing the name of the application you want to pin to the taskbar.  This will begin a search for the application (in this example, we use Google Chrome).


Step 2

Windows 8 Pin to Taskbar 2

When the desired application appears, right-click the icon.


Step 3

Windows 8 Pin to Taskbar 3

A menu will open at the bottom of the screen.  In this menu, left-click "Pin to taskbar."  The selected application is now pinned to the taskbar.



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Pin Applications to the Desktop

Additionally, Windows 8 allows you to pin applications to the desktop.  You can pin Windows 8 applications to the desktop by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Pin to Taskbar 1

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.  In the Start menu, begin typing the name of the application you want to pin to the desktop.  This will begin a search for the application (in this example, we use Google Chrome).


Step 2

Windows 8 Pin to Taskbar 2

When the desired application appears, right-click the icon.


Step 3

Windows 8 Pin to Desktop 1

A menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.  In this menu, left-click "Open file location."


Step 4

Windows 8 Pin to Desktop 2

You will be taken to the desktop, and Windows Explorer will open.  Right-click the name of the application in the list.


Step 5

Windows 8 Pin to Desktop 3

In the menu that appears, hover the cursor over "Send to" and in the sub-menu, left-click "Desktop (create shortcut)."  The application is now pinned to the desktop.



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Pin Applications to the Start Menu

Applications can also be pinned to the Start menu.  You can pin Windows 8 applications to the Start menu by following these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Windows 8 Pin to Start Menu 1

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.  In the Start menu, begin typing the name of the application you want to pin to the Start menu.  This will begin a search for the application (in this example, we use Adobe Reader).


Step 2

Windows 8 Pin to Start Menu 2

When the desired application appears, right-click the icon.


Step 3

Windows 8 Pin to Start Menu 3

A menu will appear at the bottom of the screen.  In this menu, left-click "Pin to Start."  The application is now pinned to the Start menu.



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Training & Documentation


Learn more about Windows 8, the latest Operating System (OS) provided by Microsoft. 


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