May 6

Create a desktop shortcut for Windows 10 Microsoft Store apps

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Since the day I started installing apps from the Microsoft Store, I was frustrated with the fact that the installer does not create a desktop shortcut. That send me on a hunt for a solution. In this article, I’m going to guide you through the steps to create a desktop shortcut for apps you have installed from the Microsoft Store.

Steps

If you are a sighted person using a mouse follow the steps in Part A. If you are a blind person making use of a screen reader, follow the steps in part B.

Part A

  1. Press the Windows key and R.
  2. In the run dialogue box, type “shell: AppsFolder” without the quotation marks.
  3. Press Enter and the hidden Windows Apps folder will open.
  4. Find the app you are looking for in the list.
  5. Drag and Drop the wanted app’s shortcut to the desktop.
  6. You are done.

Part B

Watch the how to video

  1. Press the Windows key and R.
  2. In the run dialogue box, type “shell: AppsFolder” without the quotation marks.
  3. Press Enter and the hidden Windows Apps folder will open.
  4. Find the app you are looking for in the list.
  5. Press the Applications key.
  6. Press Enter on Create shortcut..A message will pop up

    “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?”

  7. Press Enter on Yes.

Additional steps to remove “shortcut” in the shortcut name:

  1. Press Windows key and D or Windows key and M to go to the desktop.
  2. Find the app’s shortcut. You will see the app’s name with “- shortcut” afterwards.
  3. Press the Applications key and press Enter on Rename, or press the F2 key.
  4. Delete shortcut from the shortcut name and press Enter.
  5. You are done.

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apps, create a shortcut, Microsoft Store, Windows 10


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