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Browse and Launch Windows 8 Apps From Your Desktop With Our Guide

Browse and Launch Windows 8 Apps From Your Desktop With Our Guide

February 26, 2013 at 09:39PM

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When you’re using the desktop feature in Windows 8 and need to open an app, it can be cumbersome to head back to the Start screen to do so. With this handy trick, you can browse and launch Windows 8 apps from the desktop. This can make it even easier to get to the app you need when working away from the Start screen.

We’ll show you how to create a shortcut to browse and launch Windows 8 apps from your desktop.

How to browse and launch Windows 8 apps from your desktop

If you’re not already at your desktop, head to it.

Right-click anywhere on it.

right-click-desktop

Then, click “New.”

click-new

Now, click “Shortcut.”

(4) create shortcut

Type in the following in the Type the location of the item box:

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

From here, you can name the Shortcut anything you like. For this example, we’ll name it “Apps.”

name-shortcut

You’ll find the Shortcut on your desktop.

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Click on it.

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You can now browse and launch your Windows 8 apps as you see fit from the desktop. While this isn’t the easiest way to go through and find the app you want, it can be a way to get the most commonly used apps from your desktop.

Why browse and launch Windows 8 apps this way?

For users who aren’t as comfortable using the Start screen, yet, being able to open apps from the desktop can bring them a little close to their comfort zone. By creating a Shortcut to browse and launch Windows 8 apps from the desktop, you can get to what you need without having to go back and forth between the desktop and Start screen.

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