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Metro Apps - Open from Desktop in Windows 8

  1. #11

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Gary, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you just wanted to remove specific Metro Apps, then this may help.

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Dec 2012 at 01:05. Reason: updated link

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  2. #12

    I have utmost respect for users who come up with these "tweaks". I am a curious user myself.But what, honestly, is the benefit of this.? To access I must click the folder and then click the desired function. Without this tweak, I click start and click the desired function??

    But, with sincerity, congrats on tracking this down. It has led me into trying to get this to work if you have disabled metro. So far I get " not registered" but still trying!!
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  3. #13

    Posts : 21,864
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello David,

    They are just another option for the user to have to help them customize their Windows with.
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  4. #14

    Fair comment - tks
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  5. #15

    United States
    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 developer preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Gary, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you just wanted to remove specific Metro Apps, then this may help.
    Yes I'd like to delete all of the games, I'll try your suggestion.
    Last edited by Brink; 10 Mar 2012 at 22:14. Reason: removed broken link
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  6. #16

    Posts : 8
    Win 7

    get it back again!!!! great!!!!!
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  7. #17

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Unfortunately, this tweak has all of what I call APP CRAP in the folder. App Crap comes from installing a program, err app, and having all the crap like uninstall, register, information, help, etc that is left in the Metro page. I went in and blitzed the Metro page of this junk but the shortcut still has all of it around. Not even remotely usable in this form. Sorry.

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  8. #18

    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro

    Is there a way to create a shortcut to just one Metro App, that I can pin to the task bar? That would be cool!
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  9. #19

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Cly,

    Currently not that I know of. The "Metro" UI and desktop UI are separate and do not mix.
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  10. #20

    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,846
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Yes, there is a way but it only works for apps that were installed along with Windows 8:
    Here's an example for Calendar app:

    1. From Start Screen, type default programs and run it -> associate a file type or protocol with a program.Scroll down until you see "WLCALENDAR", In the Description, you'll see URL:wlcalendar so wlcalendar is the name of the calendar app.
    2. Create a shortcut on the desktop and enter:
      C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "wlcalendar:" && exit
    3. Click next and name the shortcut as Calendar

    That's it.

    Do the same for Sports, Weather, News etc....... and of course, you can go to property and change the Icon to make it looks nice, pin to the taskbar if you like.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 25 Dec 2012 at 01:35.
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