Pinning in Windows 10 continues to become more and more popular with time! Pinning is a feature which gives the ability to pin settings, apps, files, and programs to the Start Menu. But, what about pinning sites to the Desktop? Pinning to the Desktop are in fact normal file shortcuts—that's part of the benefit.  Well, there’s a way to pin to the Start Menu or to the Desktop. Now, of course, pinning to the Start Menu gives the ability to move pins around and customize your pins to different sizes. Pinning to the Desktop, however, is the quickest and easiest way to access your favorite pages. Let's take a look!

Pinning to the Start menu

Let's pin to Start. To begin with, open Microsoft Edge. The reason Microsoft Edge is used is because it includes an immediate pin to Start option through the browser settings.  On that note, to open Microsoft Edge select the Start Menu on the bottom left corner of your screen (or keyboard), type “Microsoft Edge” or “Edge”, and click Enter.

Microsoft Edge icon pinned to the Start menu

Once Microsoft Edge opens, navigate to the website you want to pin. Once that’s loaded, select Settings and More ●●● in the top right corner of Microsoft Edge and select Pin this page to Start. Now, click Start and the webpage pinned will automatically pop-up underneath the groups apps already pinned. Once your favorite webpage is pinned, there are several customizable options available by right clicking over the pin, such as Unpin from Start to remove the pin, Resize to resize from a small, medium, or large pin, and more. If you’d like to customize Start a bit more, take a look at four ways to customize Start menu.

Pinning to the taskbar

This route is very similar as pinning to Start. Open Microsoft Edge and navigate to the website you’d like to pin. Once that had loaded, select Settings and More ●●● in the top right corner of Microsoft Edge and select Pin this page to taskbar. Now, take a look at your taskbar. You will see that the page you have pinned is already placed and ready to use. Next time you want to visit that page again, simply click the icon on the taskbar and you’re all set!

Edge setting - Pin this page to Start

If there is a webpage already pinned to the Start, you can also pin to the taskbar from there. Click Start, hover the site pinned to the Start Menu, right-click, select Pin to taskbar and it will automatically appear in your taskbar.

Resizing tiles in Start menu

Pinning to the Desktop

This route has a bit more steps than pinning to the Start Menu, however, pining sites to the Desktop will save an extra step by having all the saved sites visible. The steps above are similar as if I pinned to the Desktop. One way is to hover over the site pinned to the Start Menu, right-click, select More, Open file location, and drag to the Desktop. This shows the original location where the website downloaded. Just click and drag the file of the website into the Desktop. 

Screenshot showing how to pin to desktop

Now, the second way is an easier and quicker way to do so. Open Microsoft Edge, go to the website you desire, highlight the entire web address, and copy. This is where the magic happens! Minimize all the open windows and focus on the Desktop, tab right-click on your mouse, select New, and click Shortcut. From there, a new window will pop-up called Create Shortcut. Paste the link copied under Type the location of the item:, click Next, give the shortcut a name, and hit Finish! Look at your Desktop, there should be a new Icon of the web page shortcut you just created. 

Steps to creating a new Shortcut

New shortcut name field

Newly created shortcut

With time you’ll determine which Pin option you rather use—pinning to the Start menu or pinning to your Desktop. I regularly pin webpages to the Desktop if I’ll be using those sites only for a short period of time. For quick access! But, if you’d like to pin pages and decorate them in any order or sizes, pinning to the Start menu is definitely the way to go.