Windows 8 comes with the new Metro Start screen instead of the traditional start menu. This start screen displays tiles of various installed programs, apps, Windows Explorer, etc.
Windows 8 allows the user to natively pin applications and folders to the start screen. There is no need of any third party application to do this. Read this tutorial to know how to do this.
Pin Apps and Folders to Start Screen
Pinning apps and folder is very easy. To pin an application to the start screen, open Windows Explorer from the start screen. Locate the application’s .exe file, right-click on it and then click on Pin to Start from the menu.
This shortcut is placed on the right-side of the start screen.
If you want to pin a folder to the start screen, then also follow the same process. Locate the folder that you want to pin to the start screen, right-click on that folder and then click on Pin to Start. When you click on the shortcut of a folder, then the folder is opened in Windows Explorer as you would normally expect it. Also this will open the Windows Explorer on the desktop.
The shortcuts for apps and folders are placed on the right side of the start screen. If you want to change the position then just drag and drop those shortcuts (tiles) to your desired place.
Now let’s say you want to unpin a folder or an app from the start screen. To do this, right-click on the tile. Now you will be able to see new options at the bottom of the screen. Click on Unpin from Start to remove the tile from the start screen.
The process to unpin an app and folder from the start menu is the same.
Pinning or creating shortcuts of apps (programs) and folders in the new Metro start screen is this easy.
Tip: You can switch between Start screen and Desktop by pressing the Windows key.