I want to pin all of the Microsoft Office suite to the Start screen. But something weird - the technique you described above works fine for Microsoft Excel - using the search widget to find excel then right-clicking and doing "Pin to Start Screen". Fine. But for some reason the search doesn't find Powerpoint or Word. They're definitely installed and I can access them via shortcuts on the "old-fashioned" Windows screen, but for some bizarre reason they don't show up as Apps in the Windows 8 app screen. Any ideas?
Have you looked at the All Apps list? If you can find the executables in File Explorer on the desktop, you can also pin from there.
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