How to launch Apps from the Desktop in Windows 8

The usual way to launch apps in Windows 8 is by using the app screen. But there is a way to even launch apps from the desktop mode too. You can actually add the shortcut of all the apps on the desktop. It’s fairly an easy job.

STEP 1: Right-click on the desktop and select “Shortcut”.

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STEP 2: Enter Explorer Shell:AppsFolder in the location area, and click “Next”.

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STEP 3: Give a name to the shortcut, for example “My Apps”. Click “Finish”.


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STEP 4: Now Windows creates the shortcut on the desktop.

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STEP 6: Double-click on the shortcut to see and launch the Apps. Note that you will see all the Apps here including the desktop apps too.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.