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How to pin Device Manager to the Start menu or taskbar in Windows 10

Control Panel settings can be pinned to the Start menu in much the same way as settings from the Settings app. However, there are limitations. Not all settings that you can access from the Control Panel can be pinned to the Start menu, as is the case with Device Manager.

You can access Device Manager in Windows 10 in many different ways. One of them is through the Control Panel, but the application is not a component of the latter, but an independent application in itself. Below I will show you how you can pin Device Manager to Start Menu in Windows 10.

Pin Device Manager to the Start menu

Go to the desktop and right click on an empty area. In the context menu, select New > Shortcut.

In the Location field of the Create Shortcut window, enter devmgmt.msc and then click Next.

Give the shortcut a suitable name, for example Device Manager, and click Finish.

You can test the shortcut by double-clicking it, and Device Manager will open.

Now that the shortcut is ready, you can pin it. Right click on the shortcut and select Pin to Start from the context menu. Once the shortcut is pinned, you can remove it from your desktop if you want.

Open the Start menu and find the newly pinned Device Manager tile. Click and the application will open. You can unpin the tile at any time you want, but to get it back, you will need to create a new shortcut and repeat the process.

Pin it to the taskbar

Similarly, you can also use the shortcut to pin Device Manager to the taskbar. Right-click on the shortcut and select the option Pin to taskbar.

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Typically, users can access Device Manager simply by right-clicking the Start button. But if you are used to using the Start menu to access applications, it would be better to pin Device Manager there. It goes without saying that there are many ways to access this app and this hack is more about convenience and ease of use.

Oddly enough, there is no other way to pin Device Manager to the Start menu without using a desktop shortcut. You can search for the application in Windows Search, but if you right-click the search result for the application, the context menu will not have an option to pin the application to the Start menu. Similarly, the tile that the shortcut adds to the Start menu cannot be used to pin it to the taskbar.

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