I have downloaded an app on the Microsoft webstore named Trello.

Because this app has no directory or .exe what I can find I am struggling to work out the right command I need to use in the batch file in order to run / start up this program in my batch file?

Does anyone know how I would do this?

I managed to find it in: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\45273LiamForsyth.PawsforTrello_2.11.4.0_x64__7pb5ddty8z1pa\app\Trello.exe but running with or without administrator mode it comes up with:

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  • As far as I know, you cannot run apps from the commandline. The app must create support for it. For example Windows Terminal created support for it by creating a wt.exe that you can run from the commandline.
    – LPChip
    Apr 8, 2020 at 19:36
  • @LPChip, try the work-around below. Apr 8, 2020 at 21:02

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You can open a Windows Store ("Metro style") app by having Windows Explorer do it for you:

  1. In Explorer, in the location bar, enter shell:AppsFolder.
  2. Browse to the location of the app, e.g. Snip & Sketch. [On my PC, it took some time for all applications and apps to be fully displayed.]
  3. Right-click on the shortcut, drag to the Desktop, and select Create link in Desktop.
  4. Right-click the new link and select Properties.
  5. Open Notepad, enter explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\, append the Target shown in the Properties dialog, and append to that !App. In the case of Snip & Sketch, the text in Notepad should be:

    start explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\Microsoft.ScreenSketch_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

  6. Save the file with extension .bat.

Note the character before App is exclamation point (bang).

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