What happened to the e-mail and browser links on the Start menu?

In previous versions of Windows, icons for the default web browser and e‑mail program were pinned to the Start menu by default. In this version of Windows, the pinned area at the top of the Start menu is empty by default.

To open these and other programs quickly and easily, you can now pin them to the Start menu and to the taskbar. For more information, see Pin a program to the taskbar and Pin a program to the Start menu.


  • If you pin an e‑mail program or web browser to the Start menu, you can change the properties in Control Panel. Open Control Panel and search for “mail” to see an option to change your default e‑mail program, or search for “Internet options” to see a list of web browser properties you can change.