Use PowerShell to create desktop shortcut to open Windows Store apps

We have already seen how we can use PowerShell to change number of App Tile Rows on Start Screen, to fix  Windows Store apps crashing, create Shutdown, Restart, Logoff, Switch User, Hibernation Tiles and Uninstall & Completely Erase All Pre-Installed Modern Apps in Windows 8.

We have also already seen one way to Access and Launch Metro Apps from Windows 8 Desktop or Taskbar. Today we share another way to create a desktop shortcut, which you can also pin to your taskbar, to open Modern or Metro UI, Windows Store apps in Windows 8 – this one using PowerShell.

Use PowerShell to create desktop shortcut to open Windows Store apps

To do so you will have to download the PowerShell Script from TechNet.

Having done that, open Windows PowerShell 3.0 and follow the instructions given there.


Once you have carried out the easy-to-understand instructions, you will see a desktop shortcut created as shown in the image. You can also pin it to your Windows 8 taskbar.


You can download the Create Windows Apps Shortcut To Desktop (PowerShell) file from TechNet.

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