“Pin to Taskbar” and “Pin to Start Menu” Missing in Windows 7

After deleting the IsShortcut registry value to remove the shortcut arrow overlay in shortcuts (.lnk) files, you may notice that the “Pin to Taskbar” and the “Pin to Start Menu” context menu items go missing when you right-click on a shortcut. Also, one or more of the context menu items may appear twice, as in the image below.

Note that the “Pin to ..” options are missing, and the “Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials…” entry appears twice. (See also Duplicate Context Menu Entries.)

This is one of the many side-effects caused by the removal of IsShortcut registry value. To fix the duplicate context menus and to restore missing “Pin to Taskbar” / “Pin to Start Menu” entries,  download and apply the .lnk file association fix from the following link:

File Association Fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Vista


This restores the IsShortcut String value in the following registry key:


Note: For a proper way to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows Vista and Windows 7, use the “Shell Icons” registry branch. See the article How to remove or modify the Shortcut overlay in Windows for more details.

It still doesn’t work?

If the .lnk file registry fix does not help, create a registry file (e.g. pin.reg) using Notepad with the following contents:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Start Menu Pin"

@="Taskband Pin"

Run the registry file by double-clicking on it. It adds the Pin to Taskbar and Pin to Start Menu context menu handlers back in the registry if they’re missing.

Using Windows 10?

If you’re using Windows 8 or 10, check out these posts for the fix:

Restore Missing “Pin To Taskbar” Option In Windows 10

Restore Missing “Pin To Start” Option In Windows 10

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

4 thoughts on ““Pin to Taskbar” and “Pin to Start Menu” Missing in Windows 7”

  1. Removing IsShortcut is akin to nuking a city that has a problem of rodent infestation.

    Of course, I have seen people badly damaging their desktop search just to restore the old Windows XP’s search companion while it is possible to do so by setting a registry key. But this IsShortcut business is really serious.

  2. OMG >_< THANK YOU SO MUCH… i have been googling for 4 hours to find out what the hell was wrong… my firefox un-pinned itself and i couldn't pin it… DLing the exe fix was the solution!!!


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