How to Create Desktop Shortcut for Any Windows 10 Store App

For convenient and simple access, follow these easy steps to produce a desktop shortcut for just about any Microsoft Store app in Windows 10.

Though you can access any Windows 10 store app by searching for it within the Start menu, you may also result in the app opening process a bit easier by developing a desktop shortcut. This is particularly helpful if you want to arrange your desktop with commonly used programs.

Allow me to show the steps to create a desktop shortcut for any Windows 10 store app.

Steps to Create Desktop Shortcut for Store Apps

Fundamental essentials steps you need to follow to create a Windows Store app desktop shortcut.

Press “Windows Key + R”.
Type “shell:AppsFolder” and click “Ok”.
In the folder, find the app you need to create the shortcut for.
Right-click on the app icon.
Select the “Create shortcut” option.
In the warning prompt, click “Yes”.

That’s it. Once you click Yes, Windows will create a desktop shortcut for that store app. This can be used shortcut like every other Windows shortcut.


Alternative – Create Shortcut from Start Menu

To create a store app desktop shortcut, the target app should first be pinned towards the start menu. Without having the app pinned to the start menu, search for the app in the start menu, right-click onto it and select the choice “Pin to start”

Once it is pinned, simply drag and drop it around the desktop. This can create the shortcut you possessed.

That is it. It is that easy to produce a shortcut for any store app in Windows 10.

Assign Keyboard shortcut

After creating the shortcut of the favorite store app, you can assign a keyboard shortcut of that shortcut.

To assign a keyboard shortcut, right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties”

Within the Properties window, choose the “Shortcut Key” field and press the keyboard shortcut you would like assign. With my case, I’m assigning the Shift + Alt + O to launch Onenote.

Click on the “Apply” and”Ok” button in order to save changes.

Why Create a Desktop Shortcut for Store Apps?

An important feature about the Microsoft store is that it makes installing and uninstalling apps simple and easy , clutter-free. Additionally, all of the store apps are automatically updated without anyone’s knowledge so you no more suffer from the individual update or upgrade prompts. Windows will take care of everything stuff without anyone’s knowledge.

One of the benefits of making the Store apps shortcut is you can add these to the startup folder. Once added, the app will start with Windows. For instance, if you would like the Groove music app to begin with Windows, you can create a desktop shortcut for that app and then add it to the startup folder. As shown above, you can even assign keyboard shortcuts to launch the shop apps.