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How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

How do you start a Windows 8 (used to be "Metro") app from the desktop (not the start screen) through a shortcut or something else?

Thanks in advance.

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marked as duplicate by Karan, RedGrittyBrick, Simon Sheehan, ChrisF, Indrek Dec 13 '12 at 23:59

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superuser.com/q/478975/1503 –  SLaks Dec 13 '12 at 22:26
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One of the easiest ways is to install a start menu alternative eg Classic Shell

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

This will provide you with a start menu, similar to previous versions of Windows

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You can also pin applications to the taskbar, as with Windows 7 you can right click on any shortcut or tile for a desktop app and select Pin to Taskbar.

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You can also create keyboard shortcuts. The fastest way to launch any program is to assign it to a Ctrl + Alt + Key combination. To assign a keyboard shortcut, you must right click on a shortcut, select properties and then fill in the Shortcut key field under the Shortcut tab.

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If a desktop app doesn’t have a shortcut visible on the desktop, you must find it on the Start screen or in search, right click and select Open File Location. You will then see a shortcut icon for it appear in Explorer.

These are the ways I am aware to access programs from the desktop in Windows 8, there maybe others.

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That's completely not what he's asking. –  SLaks Dec 13 '12 at 22:25
    
@Simon Thanks for your answer but I'm afraid it's not the one to my problem! I am looking to start a metro app from the desktop. Thanks for your time though. –  James Dec 13 '12 at 23:04
    
@James Oh an actual metro app, apologise for that, i hope you find the answer :) –  Simon Dec 14 '12 at 9:29
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