Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Creating Control Panel Shortcuts on your Start Menu

One of the most useless stuff on W8 is the impossibility to create Control Panel shortcuts on the Start menu. I like to keep my desktop and my taskbar as tidy as possible, sending all my programs and shortcuts to the Start Menu, where they belong, but some Control Panel items can’t be created there directly. There is no “Pin to Start” or “Send to start”, you have to do a workaround to create one.

Go to the Control Panel, right-click on the item you need on your Start menu > Create Shortcut.

Device Manager

You should see it on your desktop.

Device Manager

Now, go to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Copy and paste the shortcut in that folder. Rename it if you want.

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Go to your Start menu and click on the arrow below to go into the All Apps menu.

Arrow

You should see the shortcut right there.

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Right click it > Pin to Start. And you’re done.

Right Click

Enjoy your new shortcut.

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