[Solved] Fix Cannot Pin Programs To Taskbar or Start Menu In Windows 7 or 8

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 28, 2012


There are some windows users who faced this problem when they were unable to pin programs either to windows taskbar or start menu, as when they right click a program it did not showed the options “Pin to Taskbar” and “Pin to Start Menu” in right click context menu.

Cannot Pin Programs To Taskbar or Start Menu

After searching about this problem there are multiple solutions which you can follow the solve this problem in your version of windows, as per the reports we have got this problem occur most of time in windows 7 but it can occur in windows 8 as well.

Cause Of Cannot Pin Programs To Taskbar or Start Menu

This windows problem could occur when the registry keys responsible for this feature got corrupted due to some third party software or some virus which happen to cause some changes in right click context menu in windows or there could be some other reason behind this problem.

Another common cause of this problem could be due to the when users tweak windows to remove arrow symbol on shortcut icons or you can also try this better method to remove arrows on shortcut.

Fixes For Cannot Pin Programs To Taskbar or Start Menu

Method 1: The first method to fix this problem is by repairing the registry keys and system settings to solve this issue, for this you will need to open and type the following command and press enter.

regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

After command run is successful, restart your system and it should fix your problem


Method 2:

If the above method 1 doesn’t fix this issue, then you can fix it using windows registry

Open Run prompt again under start menu >> run and then type regedit in RUN and press Enter as shown in the image below.

regedit windows 7

One the registry editor is opened. Navigate to following key path


In right-side pane, there should be a DWORD value NoStartMenuPinnedList.

If you find it, delete it. Restart or log off and your problem will be solved


If you don’t see the above mentioned key, then download from this link below and extract the registry key and merge it in windows. It will ask for confirmation, you will need to click ok as shown in the image below.

Merge Registry Key In Windows 7

Please Note: You will need to restart your windows computer to see this problem gets resolved.

[ Credit Goes To AskVG For the Above Solutions ]

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