Like its previous versions also supports pinning certain objects to the taskbar for instant access like certain files, folders or any other kind of shortcuts. In order to do that you just need to click on the file and select option.

Pin to Start option is missing.

Recently there have been reports that the Pin to start option is not available when the user right-clicks on the file or folder. This is because a policy named Prevent user from customizing their start screen has been turned on or another policy named LockedStartLayout is enabled.

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So when these options are enabled this prevent users from customizing their Start . Following are procedures to disable both options.

Restore missing “Pin to Start” option.

Method 1 of 2

Important: This method does not works in Home edition. It is only compatible for 10 pro and Enterprise users.

Step 1: Type Gpedit.msc is the start menu or run command box and then press enter.           Click yes for any User Account Control dialogue.

Step 2: Then navigate to the following address

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3: On the left side look for Prevent users from customizing their Start screen policy and double-click on it to go to its properties.


Step 4: Click Disable button and then click apply.

Step 5: Now search for a policy called Start Layout and double-click on it to see its properties.


Step 6: Disable it and then click apply.

Method 2 of 3

Step 1: type regedit in the start menu or taskbar search box and press enter.

Step 2: Navigate to the following



On the right side look for the entry which says NoChangeStartMenu and delete it.

Step 3: Now navigate to the following


Look for the entry named LockedStartLayout right click on it and then delete it.

Step 4: Now go to this key



Look for the entry named LockedStartLayout and delete it.

The pin to start option should now open when you right-click on an folder or file.






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