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Pinning Items to the Start menu on Desktop@UCL desktop and Windows 7

This guide will explain how to add an application to your Windows Start menu so that you can quickly launch an application in the future. This is a particularly useful feature for applications you use regularly.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • Students
  • Visitors
  • IT Administrators
  • SLMS staff
  • Researchers

Before you start...

  • A computer running Desktop @ UCL or Windows 7
  • If you are using Desktop @ UCL, you need to have logged into Desktop @ UCL PC or Desktop @ UCL Anywhere services


  1. Click on the Windows Start button

Fig 1 – Windows Start button

2. Navigate to All Programs

All programs on the windows 7 start menu…

Fig 2 – Windows Start menu

3. Find the application you are looking for. In the example provided, we use Excel 2013 and right click on the program. It will then display a list of options.

Application right click menu on the Windows 7 start menu…

Fig 3 – Right click options for an application

4. Select Pin to Start Menu. The application will then appear in the start menu when you click on the Windows start button. 

Pinned application on the Windows 7 start menu…

Help & Support

For further help and assistance you will need to contact the IT Services.


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