Pin a non-installed program to the Windows 10 start menu

Note: This also works on non-programs (files, folders, websites, etc.)

  • Open the start menu and type 'run'

  • In the run app, type "shell:programs" and hit OK. This will open up the start menu programs folder (mine was at \Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

  • Create a shortcut to the exe file
    - right click on the program/file and choose send to desktop (create shortcut)

  • Drag the new shortcut into the programs folder that just opened up

Move Spotify's offline files to another hard drive with a directory junction

I recently migrated my Windows installation to a Samsung m.2 drive. Since the capacity for those drives is expensive, I want to keep any unnecessary files off it.

Using TreeSize (free) to check for large directories and files, I noticed that Spotify was storing over 10gb of files in local app data with no option in the app to choose a different location.

That's when I discovered that Windows 10 actually has a command to create symbolic links and directory junctions!

To solve the problem:

  • locate the Spotify storage directory (mine was C:\Users\Jiko\AppData\Local\Spotify\Data) and delete it

  • create a new directory where you want to put Spotify's data (mine is D:\Spotify\Data)

  • open a command prompt  (windows+r)

  • create a Directory Junction


mklink /J "C:\Users\Jiko\AppData\Local\Spotify\Data" "D:\Spotify\Data"

Spotify won't know the difference and your hard drive will be free :)