With Windows 8, you don’t even need a Start Menu to get to your applications; you can just pin your most important shortcuts directly to the taskbar as you would in Windows 7. If you have a shortcut to a favorite application sitting on the desktop, you can simply drag it onto the taskbar where it will stay pinned. However, if you don’t have a shortcut icon for a particular program, you’ll need to browse or search for one.
To search for shortcut icons:
1. Launch windows Explorer. You can do this easily by hitting Win + E.
2. Enter C:\ into Explorer’s address bar. If your Windows drive is not C:, use the correct letter.
3. Enter the name of your program into the search box (ex: Firefox) and wait while a list of results appear.
4. Look for a shortcut in the result set and drag it to the taskbar.
To browse for shortcut icons, you can simply navigate over to the Start Menu/Programs folders for both the current and the default user and try to find them there.