As you've seen, the new Start Menu's goal is to keep frequently used programs no more than a click or two away. But there's also a way to help XP decide just which programs these are. In other words, you can populate the Start Menu without waiting for the Windows algorithm to add programs to your list of Favorites. Instead, you can use what's still the most powerful decision-making tool ever invented: your brain.
You do this by "pinning" a program shortcut to the Start Menu, which effectively elevates its priority by putting it at the top of the menu list. This also ensures that the program will not be bumped by other programs, even if you use the others more frequently. To pin a program, follow these two simple steps:
To remove a pinned program, right-click its pinned menu shortcut and choose Remove from List in the context menu. Also note that you cannot pin programs when using the Classic Start Menu, which is discussed in more detail next.