“Pinning” Documents – Part 1

Do you often have documents that you open on a regular basis, and you’d like to access them quickly? If you have Windows 7 or Microsoft Office 2010, you can open files (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others) in ONE click by “Pinning” them to the Start Menu in Windows.
pinning documentsYou may be used to previous versions where you were able to access a file from the Start Menu IF it was one of the last ten that you opened through the My Recent Documents choice. However, if you open lots of files on a regular basis, the one you want may have dropped off the list. Now, you can “pin” a document so that it always shows.

In Windows 7 you can open files from both the Recent items list and a customized “Pinned” list. Here’s what you need to move a “Recent” item to your Pinned list.

  • Click the Office button in the lower left of your screen.
  • Go to the program that you have created the document in (i.e. Word or Excel) and mouse over the black triangle on the right. Your most recent files will be listed.
  • To move a document to the top “Pinned” section, click on the icon of a pushpin to the right of the file name. You will see your document move from the Recent list to the Pinned list.
  • If you no longer want the file “Pinned”, click the pushpin again to unpin it.

TIP: If the file you want to pin is not in the Recent files list, just open it the way you normally do so that it will become a “recent” file. Close the document and start the process again.

The Pinning shortcut works inside an application too. Watch for this tip in the next ezine.

as a “Recovered Unsaved File”. Click the Save As button to be sure to keep the file for future use.