How to Pin a Folder to Windows 11 Start menu

Along with apps, you can also pin your favorite folders to the Start menu in Windows 11. Here are the exact steps on how to do it.

Compared to all other Windows versions, Windows 10 even, the Start menu in Windows 11 is way different. Gone are the live tiles and programs list. Instead, you now have a space to pin your favorite apps. A recommended section also shows recent files and folders or apps Windows things you might need. Of course, you also have access to a redundant search bar and power options.

One of the good things about the new Windows 11 Start menu is that it is simpler and feels uncluttered. Dare I say, the Windows 11 Start menu looks like a standard phone app launcher. Now, it’s not a bad thing as long as it works as it should.

To get the most out of the Start menu, you have to pin your favorite apps under the Pinned section. That way, you can access them with just a couple of clicks. There is no need to make a search query every time or pin everything to the taskbar and look cluttered. Recently, I wrote a complete guide on how to pin apps and programs to the Windows 11 Start menu. However, did you know that you can also pin folders to the Start menu in Windows 11?

Why pin folders to the Start menu?

Most of us have a few folders that we open multiple times a day. Rather than opening the File Explorer and navigating to the target folder manually, you can pin that folder to the Windows 11 Start menu. That way, your favorite folder is just two clicks away. For example, I have a dedicated screenshots folder that I open multiple times. So, I pinned it to the Start menu to make things easier on myself.

If you want to do that, follow this easy Windows 11 guide. It will show you how to pin folders to the Start menu in Windows 11.

Steps to pin a folder to the Windows 11 start menu

You can add any folder to the Windows 11 Start menu by selecting the “Pin to Start” option. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Find the folder you want to pin.
  3. Right-click on the folder.
  4. Select the “Pin to Start” option.
  5. The folder is immediately pinned to the Start menu.

Detailed steps:

The first thing we need to do is open the File Explorer. There are multiple ways to open it. Either press the “Start key + E” shortcut or click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar. As always, you can also search for File Explorer in the Start menu.

After opening the File Explorer, find the folder you want to pin to the Start menu. Next, right-click on the folder and select the “Pin to Start” option.

pin folder to Windows 11 start menu

The folder is pinned to the Start menu under the Pinned section as soon as you do that.

folder pinned to the Start menu in Windows 11

By default, the new pinned item will be the last in the grid. If you want to, you can change its position by dragging and dropping. For example, I moved it to the first place.

change pinned folder position in the Start menu grid in Windows 11

That is all. It is that simple to pin folders to the Start menu in Windows 11. Following the same steps, you can pin any number of folders to the Start menu.

How do I pin a folder to the Windows 11 Start menu?

To pin a folder to the Windows 11 Start menu, right-click on the folder in the File Explorer and select the “Pin to Start” option. This action will pin the selected folder in the Pinned section of the Start menu.

Unpin folder from Windows 11 Start menu

To unpin a folder from the Start menu, open the Start menu, right-click on the pinned folder, and select the “Unpin from Start” option. The folder will be unpinned from the Start menu as soon as you choose the option.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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