Create A Desktop Shortcut To Any Windows Store App

Ever since Windows 8 introduced store apps, users have been able to install “classic” software applications alongside lightweight mobile-like applications.

For some reason, however, Microsoft hasn’t made it so simple to create a desktop shortcuts to these often useful applications.

When taskbar and start menu shortcuts are just not going to cut it.

How To Make Shortcuts To Your Favorite Apps

While Windows does allow you to right click any app from the start menu and either pin it to the taskbar or the start menu itself, it only lets you create desktop shortcuts to non-windows store applications (by clicking more -> open file location).

To create a shortcut to any Windows store app, simply open a new file explorer window, paste the below address in the address bar, and hit enter:

					%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

A new window will open with all your Windows store apps. The last step is to right-click and drag an app’s icon to your desktop and select “Create shortcuts here”.

Congratulations, you have just created a desktop shortcut to your favorite Windows store app.

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