Microsoft introduced UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps in Windows OS based on UWA (Universal Windows Apps) to access across all compatible Microsoft Windows devices like PC, tablets, smartphones, Xbox, HoloLens, and IoT. In this post, we will show you how to create a Desktop shortcut for UWP system apps in Windows 10.
In Windows 10 there are few UWP apps that are installed by default. These apps are called UWP System Apps, which are integral to the operating system. Listed below are some of the typical system apps in Windows 10:
- Alarm Clock
- App Installer
- Microsoft Edge
- Feedback Hub
- Groove Music
- Mail and Calendar
- Movies & TV
- Paint 3D
- Snipping Tool
Create Desktop shortcut to open Windows Store apps
You can’t create a Desktop shortcut the normal way for UWP system apps. We will show you a trick using which you can create a desktop shortcut for Microsoft Store or UWP apps in Windows 10.
To create a Desktop shortcut for UWP system apps in Windows 10, follow our instructions outlined below.
- Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog box, type shell:AppsFolder and hit Enter
- This will open the default location of installed Windows apps.
- Right-click any of the UWP system apps
- Choose Create shortcut from the context menu.
You will get a prompt stating:
Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?
That’s it you have now successfully created a Desktop shortcut for that UWP System App.
This shortcut behaves like a normal desktop application shortcut.
NOTE: You can also use PowerShell to create a desktop shortcut to open Windows Store apps.