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How to add a Windows 10 app shortcut to your desktop

With Windows 10, Microsoft is in an ongoing battle with developers to try to get more companies to develop Windows 10 apps, you know, the kind you get from the Windows App Store. The Windows 10 apps are designed so that no matter what device you’re on, whether it’s a traditional PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or Hololens, it’s the same app everywhere. One thing traditional computer users might want to do is add a Windows 10 app to the desktop, or place it in a folder, so they have easy access to it. Although there isn’t a way to do this by right-clicking in the start menu, there is one work-around that will create a shortcut of the app you want.

First, pin the app to the taskbar. You can do this by right-clicking on the app in the Start menu. Once the app in pinned to the taskbar, right-click on the app in the taskbar while holding down the shift key. Select “Create Shortcut.” A window will pop-up asking if you want to add it to the desktop, click yes, and there it is, a shortcut to your favorite Windows 10 app!

Since the whole goal of the Windows 10 app is to have them blend in with traditional Windows programs, this way you can group them all on the desktop, or in a folder of your choice.




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Anthony Guidetti

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