What if the Pin to Start screen option isn’t working or grayed out?

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Pin to Start Screen is an option available in the contextual menu of files, accessible by a right mouse click. This is a very useful feature for quick access to daily used files.

If you notice that the Pin to Start screen command is not working or greyed out on your Windows 10 computer, this article explains how to get it back to working order.

We are going to identify the possible causes, as well as the most appropriate solutions that you can try to help you remedy this problem.

Pin to Start screen not working or greyed out

If you are facing this problem, you can try the recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to fix the problem.

  • Modify the NoChangeStartMenu and LockedStartLayout values ​​in the registry.
  • Reregister the shell32.dll file.

Modify NoChangeStartMenu and LockedStartLayout values ​​in registry

As this is a registry operation, as a precaution, it is recommended to backup the registry or create a system restore point. Once this is done, you can proceed as follows:

Press the keys Windows + R to invoke the dialog box Execute.

In the dialog box Executetype regedit and press Entrée to open the registry editor.

Browse or navigate to the registry key path below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • In the right pane, double-click the entry NoChangeStartMenu to change its properties. If it is not present, you must create it. Right-click anywhere in the right panel and select New > 32-bit DWORD Value. Name the key NoChangeStartMenu.
  • In the properties window, set the value data to 0.
  • Click on OK to save changes.
  • Next, navigate to the registry location below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  • In the right pane, double-click the entry LockedStartLayout to change its properties. If it is not present, you must create it. Right-click anywhere in the right panel and select New > 32-bit DWORD Value. Name the key LockedStartLayout.
  • In the properties window, set the value data to 0.
  • Click on OK to save changes.
  • Restart your computer.

On startup, check if the function Pin to Start Screen working and/or not or grayed out issue in Windows 10 is resolved. Otherwise, continue with the next solution.

Re-register the shell32.dll file

To re-register the shell32.dll file, do the following:

  • Press the keys Windows + R to invoke the dialog box Execute.
  • In the dialog box Executetype cmd then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Command Prompt in administrator mode.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the command below and press Entrée.
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
  • Restart your computer.

On startup, check if the functionality issue Pin to Start Screen is well resolved.