How to Add and Remove Apps from Start Menu?

By Dominic Chooper on May 12, 2023

There are quite a few apps and programs that you may use quite often. You can add them to the Start menu for ease of access and even remove those that you do not use often.

If you are not aware of the methods for it, here in this article you will learn about them all.


Why Do You Need to Add or Remove Apps from the Start Menu?

Adding apps that are used most often to the Start menu will usually allow faster access without having to make too many selections and clicks.

Moreover, a lot of useful apps can only be accessed after going through a lot of steps. Adding the apps to the Start menu will help avoid these unnecessary steps.

On the other hand, the apps that are used less should be removed. Apart from that, removing apps from the Start menu will make it look cleaner and more organized.

Ways to Add or Remove Apps from the Start Menu

How to Add and Remove Apps from Start Menu

Usually, you can add apps to the Start menu by simply dragging them to the tiles section. However, not all apps will allow dragging or pinning them to the Start menu all that easily.

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For them, you will first need to create shortcuts and then pin them to the menu.

So, mainly, adding apps to the Start menu involves two parts:

Removing them involves simply unpinning them from the Start menu, or both steps, but on the reverse.

Here are the steps explained in detail.

Method 1: From Windows Search

There are a few specific apps, such as Control Panel and This PC, that you will not find in the Windows 10 Start menu. However, you can add them to it from Windows Search.


control panel

Repeat the process for all other apps that you want to add to the Start menu. This will now show in the tiles section of the Start Menu as shown below:

tiles section of the Start Menu

Method 2: Create a Desktop Shortcut from the Control Panel

If you try to drag a particular file from the File Explorer to the Start menu directly, you may not be allowed to do so by Windows.

If you do so, you will see a cross sign below. Moreover, if you right-click on it, you will not see any Pin to Start option there either.

In that case, you will need to create a shortcut to the program from the Control Panel on your desktop first.

For example, if you want to add the NVIDIA Control Panel to the Start menu, you should typically do it in the following way.


All Control Panel Items

Create shortcut

(Alternatively, you can press and drag the NVIDIA Control Panel icon to the desktop.)

Once the shortcut is created on the desktop, open File Explorer by typing it in the search box and hitting Enter.

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open File Explorer

drag the shortcut created on the desktop to the Programs folder

Destination Folder Access Denied

Now, restart your computer and check your Start menu. The NVIDIA Control Panel app will be added to it.

However, it will not be added to the tiles section since this is the first time. For that, you will need to drag it from the All apps section on the left to the tiles section. Then it will show in both places, as shown in the image below:

NVIDIA Control Panel app

Method 3: Creating a Shortcut for the Executable File

There is another way to go about it, which may be as simple as the above but will still allow you to add an app or program to the Start menu, once again, by using a shortcut, but of the executable file and creating it this time in the folder.

For example, assume that you want to add the chrome kill program to your Start menu. You may also create a shortcut of the .exe file first and then move it to the Start menu.


chrome kill

Click on Create shortcut

You may change the icon of it if you want by right-clicking on it and then going to Properties as above.

In the new tab select Shortcut > Change Icon.

Change Shortcut Icon

Pin to Start

Restart your computer when you have completed the process. When it restarts, check the Start menu. The new program should be added to it, as shown in the image above.

Method 4: Adding Website Shortcuts Using the Browser

Almost in the same way, you may also use the web browser if you want to add any specific website that you visit frequently to the Start menu.

First, open the website that you want to add to the Start Menu. For example, take this particular site,


Adding Website Shortcuts Using the Browser

Give a name to the shortcut

Select Pin to Start

If you are using Microsoft Edge, you will have to follow the same steps but after you select More tools, you will get the Pin to Start option directly, as shown in the image below:

Microsoft Edge Pin to Start

Click on it and on the Yes button on the confirmation window to add the website to the Start menu. This means that there is no additional need to create a desktop shortcut of the website.

The website will be added to the Start menu, both in the All apps section under Recently added as well as in the tiles section, as shown in the image below:

Website added to the Start menu


So, that is all about the processes to be followed to add apps to the Start menu.

Though it mainly involves creating shortcuts and pinning them to the Start menu, as you can see, there are different ways to create the shortcut in the first place.

Follow the one which is easy for you.