Is it possible to add a shortcut (for example launching a program with custom parameters or to run a command line command) to the Modern UI start page?

  • Which version of Win-8? Is it Enterprise or pro? – avirk Oct 23 '12 at 10:29
  • Pro version of windows 8. – George Duckett Oct 23 '12 at 10:36

It is possible to add custom parameters to a program that is already pinned to the Start page.

Open the Start page, then right-click the program that you want to add parameters to. Choose Open file location at the bottom of the screen. This will open an Explorer window to the location of the shortcut file.

Open file location

Right-click the shortcut file and choose Properties. In the Target: field, add command line parameters after the program file name.


  • Just as an FYI this only works on the win 8 pro, core or enterprise Ed's and not the RT. – James Mertz Oct 22 '12 at 20:21

Any shortcut you create (including switches) you can simply right click and "Pin to start" which will create a copy of it in the appropriate places.

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    You got the same answer as me 23 seconds before I posted. I yield, and will probably add a screenshot to your answer in the morning ;p – Journeyman Geek Oct 22 '12 at 15:57
  • all good. I'll probably add a screenshot myself when I get home to my win 8 machine. – Jared Tritsch Oct 22 '12 at 15:58

Yes, the Modern UI start screen takes the shortcuts from the Start Menu so it should be sufficient to place the shortcuts in the start menu folder. You can also edit an existing program by opening its location from the Modern UI start screen. It might be so that it might not work to place multiple shortcuts to the same program there or those with parameters as it might just take the program itself, if that's the case you might get around the issue with batch files or by creating exectuables with something simple like AutoIt3 which automatically execute the program with parameters.

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