Pin to 8

Microsoft has disabled the programmatic access to Start Screen items pinning in Windows 8.1 and above. This is impossible to fix.


Pin to 8, formerly known as Start Screen Pinner - the universal pinner software for Windows 8. It can pin anything to the Start Screen or Taskbar in Windows 8. Finally it got the possibility to pin anything to Taskbar!


Latest version is 2.1.0.0, the change log is available below.
With our Pin to 8 you will able:
  • to pin ANY file regardless of its type;
  • to pin ANY folder;
  • to pin drive;
  • to pin Control Panel items, all them including some hidden like God Mode/All Tasks, Network Connections;
  • to pin Libraries;
  • to pin Shell Objects like Run command, "Show Desktop", Window Switcher;
  • to pin any folders or files with drag and drop. Drop them on application window.


Note this pinning tool works properly in Windows 8 regardless of UI language.


Pin to 8 in action




Change log


2.1
Added an option to unlock the "Pin to Start Screen" feature to all files and folders in File Explorer. More info.
2.0
* improved user folders' location detection in case when folder redirection is enabled via Group Policy
* fixed crash of app when it was started from a network share
* fixed the file/folder pinning issue when the target file is located on a network share.
Many thanks to Alexey Maximov for the extremely useful bug report.
1.1.0.0
  • Fixed a bug in "already pinned" check
  • New command line options are implemented:
    "Pin to 8.exe" /t c:\DWM\DWMLoader.exe - pins DWMLoader.exe to taskbar.
    "Pin to 8.exe" /s c:\DWM\DWMLoader.exe - pins DWMLoader.exe to Start Screen.

1.0.0.1
Provided x64 version, which contains most complete list of "Special Items" of Windows 8 x64.

1.0
Initial release, based on Start Screen Pinner

Pin to 8 is a portable application and doesn’t require to be installed. Just unzip and run it.

Download: Pin to 8

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Comments
alex | 04 Oct 12
Guest


motivates not see that you can create shortcuts in the menu to tile windows 8 metro OblyTile keep using that is better than this.

Sergey | 04 Oct 12
Comments: 481


I understand nothing from your comment except OblyTile

David | 09 Oct 12
Guest


Great Work! A commadline option to pin link would be perfect for IT admins!!!

Gaurav | 16 Nov 12
Guest


Yeah a cmd line option would be great for pinning to Start screen. Taskbar Pinner for Windows 7 has it.

sebas101 | 24 Nov 12
Guest


Still cannot pin Steam game (shortcut) to homescreen... i don't understand why because they are URL and you can pin URL shortcut :( can you add that feature soon ?! it would be amazing :d no need to go to desktop or steam to launch a game !

thanks | 22 Dec 12
Guest


A dream come true. Windows 8 suddenly makes sense. Thank you.

nicklemarr | 05 Jan 13
Guest


Does not work on any version of Windows 8 I try. I also tried the old version. Please update.

Sergey | 05 Jan 13
Comments: 481


it works properly here
Can you share more details?
What is your OS language?
What you have tried to Pin? Please tell the full path of file.
Where you tried to Pin: Start screen or taskbar?

slyrcc | 17 Jan 13
Guest


Pin to 8 1.0.0.1 can not run in Win8 OS<Chinese (Simplified)>,but 1.0.0.0 run normal

Sudhir Dudeja | 20 Jan 13
Guest


it doesn't work i tried to pin computer on my task bar but it crash

Mvd | 24 Jan 13
Guest


Hello, what is the commandline for this tool? Is there an option to run this every logon without having duplicate items?

Thx for the good work!

Sergey | 24 Jan 13
Comments: 481


There is no command line for this tool.
The command line was "dumbed down" while it grows up from "taskbar pinner" to currect implementation

Jeff Alessi | 06 Feb 13
Guest


Is it possible to add "windows\fonts" fonts folder to the taskbar in Windows 8?


Thank You

No Excel support | 07 Feb 13
Guest


I tried to pin a special excel file I use daily to the Taskbar, using a custom icon. It doesn't work. The Win 7 version of this worked flawlessly, until you added a routine that checks to see if it is being used on 7 or 8. Losers.

Sergey | 16 Feb 13
Comments: 481


Pfff, they have exactly they same source base under the hood.
Look for the troubles at your side.

sss | 23 Feb 13
Guest


win8 language polish pin don;t work well

Tom | 02 Mar 13
Guest


Windows 8 with german language. I try to pin a program from my nas with unc path. The result is a shortcut to my local temp folder. Then I tried with a local program, but with the same result. All pinned shortcuts go to my temp folder. And yes, I use the last version for win8.
Thx for your help

Sergey | 04 Mar 13
Comments: 481


Hello Tom
I very sorry about this issue.
I will try to resolve it as soon as I reproduce the bug.

r0k | 19 Mar 13
Guest


Hi. It would be nice to have an option to change display name of the pinned items. Some applications insist on having generic executable names like "launcher.exe" so being able to change the name of the Start Screen shortcut would be nice.

For anyone willing to so this as long as a direct rename option has not been included : once you added your shortcut you can right click it and you'll have an option to "open the file location", from there you can simply rename the file the old way. It works great for normal files, didn't test for special folders or libraries.

Jojo | 03 Apr 13
Guest


I have the same problem with my German Windows 8 version.
All Icons link to my C:\Temp folder where i find files like "Run....exe" or "All Tasks.exe". The filesize is always 0.

I should mention though, that i set my temp path variable to "c:\temp".

Tom | 05 Apr 13
Guest


Hi Jojo, I'm sure that the temp variable isn't the fault. I did the same like you. But I switched it back to the default folder with no success. Always the same issues. I've a win7 + 8 pc with the same problems. The only solution is to copy the real path to the .exe file and edit the wrong link in the taskbar (shift+right mouse button). You can copy the path during the search dialog from pinto8. Quick and dirty but it works.

Ragnar | 06 Apr 13
Guest


Thank you Sergey! It's working great for me. Microsoft should hire you since apparently they aren't smart enough to figure this out for themselves.

Tom | 16 Apr 13
Guest


OK, my last post was a mistake. Now I had a little bit time to check the conditions more exactly. The Pinto8 and also Taskbarpinner works only correct if the user temp variable set to "C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Temp". All other variations are going wrong. The system temp variable is no matter.

Raven | 27 Apr 13
Guest


I have to say thank you very much for this simple portable program
that I was hoping for to just Pin a folder to the Taskbar. Thank you
again and thanks for creating it

joe | 07 Jun 13
Guest


this will not differentiate shortcuts with command line parameters. For example... you can run puttytray.exe alone, or with the parameters '-file myserver' .... the corresponding shortcuts run fine, but pinto8 parses the command only and not the parameters, so wherease the shortcuts would automatically connect to a given server (different behaviors) pinto8 says 'already pinned!' if I try and pin different shortcuts (which each have different behaviors) because pinto8 doesn't seem to care about the parameters to a command

steelew | 08 Jun 13
Guest


I pinned then unpinned a folder to the taskbar and now it says it is already pinned when I try to re-pin it back how do I undo the pinning.

Joco1114 | 11 Jul 13
Guest


Is it possible to pin a program and set admin rights for it?
(I mean make a shortcut which is run the program with admin rights.)

Sergey | 11 Jul 13
Comments: 481


Use it is possible.
Create that shortcut with the "Elevated shortcut" app or use any other way you like to create that shortcut.
After that, in Pin to 8, click the "File" button, select the SHORTCUT you just created. That's all.

Joco1114 | 12 Jul 13
Guest


Ah, easy as a pie!
It would be nice with 1 step from CMD line, but it works!

barbera | 31 Jul 13
Guest


how to pin recycle bin to taskbar? :(

Joco1114 | 08 Aug 13
Guest


Pin Special Item, choose Recycle Bin.

mike a | 14 Aug 13
Guest


Why don't you guys make this an APP? It would be nice to start your program from a APP tile

Anonymous | 19 Aug 13
Guest


I cannot pin Hardware and Sound/Change Audio Device/Soundcard or what the name is. :´-(

DEMON | 25 Aug 13
Guest


Why create file from user\AppData\Local\temp\filename.exe ???

MRP | 26 Aug 13
Guest


Fail in Windows 8.1 Preview

tester | 29 Aug 13
Guest


When I pin an app to start screen using this app, it shows the ugly 8.3 filename as the name of the tile.
It even does it if I place a shortcut to the executable called with a human-readable name, i.e.
target file: totalcmd.exe
if I use pinto8, tile name will read: TOTALCMD
if I create a shortcut to TOTALCMD.EXE and call it "Total COmmander", and for some reason add it to the start screen using Pinto8 instead of the usual way ("Pin to Start" in context menu), the tile name still reads "TOTALCMD".
No way to rename the tile, so I guess naming should be implemented in Pinto8 during tile creation stage.

Joco1114 | 01 Sep 13
Guest


Not working on RTM for me.

Anonymous | 01 Sep 13
Guest


Doesn't work with Windows 8.1 RTM. It will add items to the taskbar but fail to add to the start screen.

Anonymous | 11 Sep 13
Guest


Please add the ability to add the Control Panel - Sound applet to the taskbar. The one thing I wanted it for is unfortunately missing.

ron | 14 Sep 13
Guest


works great, thank you

sarah | 06 Nov 13
Guest


Cant pin anything to start screen with 8.1. This make me sad. Can you fix this?

Sergey | 07 Nov 13
Comments: 481


You the checkox to unlock the NATIVE COMMAND in EXPLORER CONTEXT MENU
See this

mt | 08 Nov 13
Guest


with win 8.1 x64 does not give the option to pin to taskbar or start menu. Taskbar only.

Great software, thanks

Sergey | 08 Nov 13
Comments: 481


oh really!
what the surprise!

labyrinth9 | 29 Nov 13
Guest


Same as mt. No option in x64 in 8.1

King | 06 Dec 13
Guest


Okay, I get it now. Wow... I feel kind of dumb. This may be the problem that is arising with other users. In the video, unless I misunderstood it had a pop up menu to give you the choice to pin it either to the start screen or the task bar. Unless mine had a downloading error, it does not give me that option. It only pins to the task bar. I kept playing around with it and getting irritated with it but it would only pin to the task bar. I tried checking the option for the "Pin to start", nothing. I put it through troubleshooting and tried everything. No pop up. Then I right clicked a file, folder, ect. and realized there was one more option available that before... "Pin to start". Wait a minute, so I unchecked the box for the application to pin to start and tada! No pin to start option. So for everyone having problems, the app works as it should, but the option to not choose like in the video through me off. So you can "pin to start", but only through the file explorer.

hede | 07 Dec 13
Guest


Hi,

It could be really nice with all this super apps from you guys, if they were made, so you had the option to choose the settings to be for all users....
Many of this apps could help a lot with making default settings in a terminal solution for all users, if this could be a choice.

lalto | 13 Dec 13
Guest


It looks as if it cannot pin an app to the taskbar. I would like to bring some apps from the metro interface and have them start from the desktop or taskbar. I am using Classic Start and when I drag an app icon into the program I get an error "Cannot resolve the shortcut."

I found my problem | 11 Jan 14
Guest


go here C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar and delete the old shortcut and then re-pin it and voila, it works.

Micky | 04 Feb 14
Guest


Hi,

Nice program. I'm trying to pin the Modern Mail App to the taskbar. I have the path as such but I am not sure what item to select as the mail launcher from within the ModernMail folder.

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4406.1205_x64__8re7yb3d8abwe\ModernMail

Many thanks...

Micky

SamirPA - Doubt! | 14 Mar 14
Guest


Hi Sergey!

Please, let me know how do you have selected the items so fast in start screen as you did in video?
I need go to end of apps list to select them, but you just grab them in the right screen border in just a touch.
I mean the moment at 2:22 of the video to be exact.
Thanks another time for you attention!

Samir

Sergey | 14 Mar 14
Comments: 481


I just captured them with the mouse pointer
They were partially visible.
That's it.

Orla | 20 Mar 14
Guest


Hi Sergey,
this seems to be a very useful tool.

Unfortunately I can't use it because of the following reason:
- I moved the AppData-path to another partition (better for backup-handling).
- PinTo8 always tries to access the standard-path "C:\Users\<Name>\AppData\...".
- My path is "D:\Users\<Name>\System\AppData\..."
- The correct path is retrieved be the SHGetFolderPath()-Function or in the registry [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]

Maybe you can fix this with the next version ...

Regards
Orla


Sergey | 21 Mar 14
Comments: 481


Thanks for this report.
I will look

JerryKC | 16 Apr 14
Guest


it worked great for me on Windows 8.1 Ent. Update 1 64bit.

but it would not run on Windows 7 32bit Ent., the error message said "This application requires Windows 8"
Also, the Windows 7 compatibility settings didn't help.

Paul | 24 Apr 14
Guest


It doesn't seem to give me the option to Pin to Start. Everything pins to task bar.

Paul | 24 Apr 14
Guest


Ignore my previous comment. Worked it out. Thanks. Great product.

i8ts | 23 Jul 14
Guest


It never prompt asking where to pin after first use. Only pins to taskbar since i picked that the first time?

Anonymous | 28 Jul 14
Guest


I would very much like to be able to unpin items like Windows "Store" and from the taskbar by command line.
BTW - great application!

Prince | 03 Aug 14
Guest


Works for windows 8.1?

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Guest


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