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[Windows 8] How to open Windows Store apps from the desktop or taskbar
Posted By Tu Nguyen On November 17, 2012 @ 9:00 PM In Windows | No Comments
In Windows 8, you can only open a Windows Store app from Start screen. As I work mostly in Windows 8’s traditional desktop environment, I really needed a way to open Windows Store apps from the desktop instead of having to go to Start screen to launch them. I found a way and in this article I’m going to teach it to you how to create a shortcut on desktop to quickly open Windows Store apps.
Before we proceed further, there is one fact you must realize. Unfortunately, at this time, Windows 8 does not allow users to launch specific Windows Store apps from the destkop. In other words, you won’t be able to run Youtube Player  directly from your desktop. There is, however, a way to be able to quickly and easily open a list of all installed Windows Store apps directly from your desktop. Once you open the list, you can easily launch any specific Windows Store app from there that you desire. And this list helps keep you from having to slide through the Start screen to find the apps you want to launch.
I will show you two different methods of creating that list on your desktop, and at the end I’ll show you how to pin that list to your taskbar. These methods work on Window 8 tablets and PCs.
All the apps you install on your Windows 8 tablet or PC, whether they are from the Windows Store or apps you download from elsewhere, are accessible via an “Applications” folder. From this Applications folder you can launch any app or program that you have installed on your tablet or PC. This first method shows you how to create a shortcut to this Applications folder on your desktop. Once you create the shortcut, you can easily open the Applications folder — and thus launch your apps — whenever you want from your desktop
To create a shortcut to Applications on your desktop, do the following:
Done! Now you have a shortcut on your desktop to the Applications folder from where you can launch any and all apps you have installed
METHOD 2: ACCESS WINDOWS STORE APPS VIA APPS SEARCH
You know that Apps Search feature Windows 8 has, the one you would get if you press the Windows + Q hotkeys? Yeah, well, you can create a shortcut on your desktop to open that screen directly from your desktop. Once you have that screen open, you can launch all your Windows Store apps from it.
Creating a shortcut to Apps Search on your desktop is actually very similar to what I described in method 1, exception you enter a different location. To create a shortcut to Apps Search on your desktop, do the following:
Done! You now have a shortcut on your desktop that allows you to open Apps Search quickly and easily, and launch your Windows Store apps from there.
Once you have created any of the two shortcuts shown above, the default icon is the Library icon. This is boring and uninformative. To change the icon to something more informative, do the following:
Done! Now the shortcut you created should have a nice icon to it.
Once you have created one of the two shortcuts mentioned above (and optionally changed the icon of the shortcut), it is very easy to launch Windows Store apps from the taskbar — simply pin the shortcut you created to the taskbar. Once pined, you can easily launch apps by clicking the shortcut and selecting the apps.
Beside using hotkeys , this tip provide you another way to quickly open Windows Store apps. Enjoy!
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