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#2: Pin Items to the Start Menu or Taskbar

#2: Pin Items to the Start Menu or Taskbar

The new Taskbar, with its larger no-text icons, might take some getting used to. Plus there's the new pinning feature that can be confusing at first, especially because Windows already pins the icons for Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player for you.

Just remember that pinned shortcuts always remain in the Taskbar and aren't very easy to distinguish between other icons of opened applications. However, if you look closely, the pinned icons will glow and look beveled when the application is open.

Pinning isn't just for the Taskbar. You can also pin shortcuts (targeted toward documents, websites, and files) to the Start Menu and directly to the Jump Lists of icons on the Taskbar or Start Menu.

After you get the hang of pinning, it can become really useful. For example, you can pin all the applications you use day-to-day onto the Taskbar and/or Start Menu, so you always have quick access. Another example is to pin popular documents to the Jump List of Microsoft Word.

To pin items, simply click and drag them onto the Taskbar (see Figure 2), onto the Start Menu (see Figure 3), or directly onto an icon to pin it to its Jump List.

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