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Copying desktop icon to Start menu


An Teallach

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The right-click option for copying a desk-top icon to the Start Menu in Windows 8 has disappeared. How can I get this facility back, please?

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An Teallach

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Oh no it doesn't! It used to do so a week ago, but not now. The only 11 options are consistently: Open / Open File Location / Troubleshoot Compatibility / Unpin from Taskbar / BitDefender / Send To (9 places but not Start Menu) / Cut / Copy / Create Shortcut / Delete / Rename / Properties. It is happening with all desktop icons,

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An Teallach

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Apologies, I misread your response because it didn't answer my specific question. The reason I want to place each icon onto the desktop before placing it onto the Start menu is that it gives me the chance to edit the title; for example, instead of the too-long wordy "Microsoft Excel 2010", I want just "Excel". I was able to do this a week ago, but no longer.

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rdave13

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Have you been using a regisrty cleaner?

This should get your 'pin to start' in the context menu back, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15624-pin-start-files-windows-8-a.html

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An Teallach

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Thank you, but it hasn't worked, there's no change. The 'Pin to Start' option appears when right-clicking some desk-top icons only, as before, but not the ones I am interested in. I have reluctantly given up. [I tried in twice, rebooting after each attempt]

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rdave13

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Try right clicking the short cut icon, properties,open file location, then right clicking the .exe? Does the 'pin to start' appear there?

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