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Launch Windows Apps from the Desktop

If you spend most of your time on the Windows 8.1 Desktop, accessing an app is not straightforward. You have to switch back to the Start or Search screen, then find and launch it manually.


Create a shortcut, though and, you could launch any of the regular Windows 8.1 from the Taskbar. To try this with the new app, right-click the desktop and click ‘New > Shortcut’.

Type cmd.exe /c start bingnews: && exit into the Location box and click ‘Next’. Type News as the name and click ‘Finish’. Right-click the new shortcut, select ‘Properties > Change icon’ and choose something appropriate. Sites such as have a lots of free icons to try. You can now double-click the News App. This handy solution also works with other apps, so feel free to get customizing your Taskbar!


June 24, 2014 This post was written by Categories: ITWindows Tagged with:
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