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Pin Your Favorite Websites to the Metro Start Screen in Windows 8


It’s easy to pin apps and folders to the Metro Start screen in Windows 8. What about your favorite websites? Windows 7 allows you to pin websites to the Taskbar. It’s also easy to pin your favorite websites to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen.

Open Internet Explorer 10 from the Metro Start screen and navigate to a website you want to pin.


Once the site has loaded, click the Pin to Start button on right side of the bar at the bottom.


By default, the title of the current page is entered as the title for the site. Change the title, if desired, and click Pin to Start.


A tile for the website is added to the right side of the Metro Start screen. You can drag it to another location on the Start screen, if you want. If you pin several websites to the Start screen, you can group them and label the group to keep your screen organized.


To remove a pinned website from the Metro Start screen, right-click on the tile and click the Unpin from Start button on the left side of the bar that displays at the bottom of the screen.


Clicking a pinned website tile opens that website in the Metro version of IE10. If you prefer the Desktop version of IE10, you can make your pinned website tiles open in the Desktop IE.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 08/24/12

Comments (6)

  1. r

    is this so complex that we really need an in-depth step-by-step explanation with graphics?

  2. Gary

    The real question is why you felt it necessary to share an idiotic comment with us that serves no purpose whatsoever. Just STFU.

  3. FerL

    No, the comment serves a purpose to me. It points out to the fact that some things just don’t need a detailed explanation because they are obvious to figure out by most who simply try. Any idiot can see that, though apparently not every idiot.

  4. r

    Oh Gary, you’re a force to be reckoned with. I’m shaking with fear.
    You really gave it to me with that acronym.

  5. Nawlins Jeaux

    Does this ONLY work with IE10? Next stupid question: Does Win8 only use IE10? Meaning – I’m sure IE10 is the default browser in Win8. But, what if your preference is IE9, or Firefox? It may sound innocuous, but since I haven’t worked/seen Win8, yet, I am curious if I’ll be able to use this feature with other browsers.

  6. Max

    Is there another way to put websites on the metro start screen? The problem I have is that my Internet Explorer is opened on the desktop. Looks like it’s not possible to pin sites using the desktop version. And I cannot change the IE settings to make it open in metro mode because I have another default browser installed and the setting is grayed out.

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