The response received from Windows 8 has been positive but some users complain about the new Metro interface and removal of the traditional start menu. The new Windows 8 comes with its own Metro Start screen from where the user can launch their favorite Metro apps. This Start screen can be accessed by pressing the “Windows key” from the keyboard. But that’s not all, you can access Windows 8 Metro Apps from Windows Explorer or Desktop by creating a shortcut. Yes, this is possible and all you need to do is to just follow this small tutorial. Please make sure to follow this tutorial step-by-step.
Open Metro Apps from Windows Explorer/Desktop
- Right-click on Windows Explorer or Desktop, wherever you want to create a shortcut. With this shortcut, you’ll be able to access all Metro apps in a single click. Choose New > Shortcut.
- You’ll be asked about the location of the item. Copy and paste the following:
- Next, you’ll need to name your shortcut. You can name it anything for e.g. Metro apps, All apps, etc. This would be the name of the shortcut. Click on “Finish”.
- Your new shortcut is ready. Open the shortcut and you’ll see a list of all Metro Apps placed in one single. To open any Metro app, double-click on it as you normally do.
Windows 8 may seem to be an alien land at first but once you understand it, it works pretty good. These type of hacks will definitely improve overall Windows 8 experience. Previously to open Metro apps, you need to do that from Metro Start screen but not anymore. With this small trick, you can open all Metro apps from one single place. You can create this shortcut anywhere you wish to – be it Desktop or Windows Explorer. (Via)