How to Create a "Mail" App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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Mail is part of the Mail, Calendar, and People app that is included by default in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. Mail let's you easily view all your email accounts, breeze through your work and personal email, write messages with rich formatting and attachments, and see when new messages arrive right on your Start screen.

For more information, see: Mail, Calendar, and People app for Windows in the Windows Store


This tutorial will show you how to create or download a "Mail" modern app shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Mail app

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OPTION ONE
To Download a "Mail" App Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Mail_Shortcut.zip

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2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Mail shortcut to your desktop.

4. Unblock the Mail shortcut.

5. Go to step 4 in OPTION TWO below to download and use a custom icon for this shortcut.

6. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Mail" App Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste either command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)


explorer ms-mail
:

OR

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "ms-mail:" && exit

OR

Code:
explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.WindowsLive.Mail

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3. Type Mail for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a custom Mail.ico file to use for this shortcut. Unblock the .ico file, then move it to where you would like to keep it saved at.


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5. Right click or press and hold on the new Mail shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

6. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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7. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the Mail.ico file from step 4, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.

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8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6)

9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


That's it,
Shawn


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