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How do you move icons from Start to Desktop?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    How do you move icons from Start to Desktop?


    I like W8 interface alot, but certain things don't seem to work.

    Like normally, you could go into the Start menu, and copy/move/edit/delete icons. But In W8, I don't see any way of doing this. The only options they give you is to pin.

    So the "All Programs" Menu in W8 is the Apps menu. And there doesn't seem to be a way to drag any of those shortcuts onto the desktop. There doesn't seem to be away to open file location of any of these shortcuts either.

    What am I supposed to do?

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    If you right click on the tile and select pin to taskbar, you can pin to the taskbar. If you select open file location then it will open in the file explore, right click & hold on the item and drag to the desktop and release->Create shortcut

    OR:

    you can use the tutorial, for example : "Music" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Pin to taskbar doesn't work. It just sticks it onto the taskbar. And I had to take everything that was pinned off because it would stack it up in the pin icon. Like for example if I have 2 different Notepad *.txt documents open. Each one would show separately on the taskbar as long as it's set to not combine. However if Notepad is pinned onto the taskbar, no matter how many are open it will be pinned on there. And the same thing goes for multiple browser windows. And everything gets convoluted.

    OK I got option to open file location from the apps menu. I found where everything is:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    and
    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    As far as I know you can't put shortcuts to Meter Apps on the desktop. If you open file explorer and look under This PC, you should see a Desktop folder. You can put shortcuts in there and they will then show up on your desktop.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    No kidding. The original question was about the fact that it won't work. You can't move any of the shortcuts. From the Start menu. You have to go into the system to find them. Which is completely different from how the previous menu used to function.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It takes a couple of clicks but it can be done for Desktop programs. Right click a tile on the Start Screen and select open file location. Then right click the programs icon and select send to, Desktop (create shortcut). True Metro Apps will not have the open file location option and thus cannot be pinned to the Desktop. Personally I don't pin any shortcuts to my desktop, I have it set to not show shortcuts. The Start Screen does the same thing, your just clicking a tile instead of a shortcut. You can pin Metro apps to the taskbar which is what I do. The stuff I use everyday is pinned to my taskbar. Other programs that I use occasionally are on my main Start Screen. Everything else is on the All Apps screen. Microsoft is trying to meld the Desktop environment and the Metro environment. Who knows update 2 may get you what you want.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    YOU CAN pin Metro apps to the desktop too (and create short cuts so you can create custom toolbars too)

    From CMD Mode run this command :

    explorer shell:Appsfolder

    Then from the Window press F10 or choose View ==>choose details and click the 3 boxes Name, Long Display name, AppuserModelID

    now choose display DETAILS in the file explorer and you'll see the extra columns including the APPuserModelID


    From this point it's now easy -- you simply right mouse click on your desktop and create shortcut =>new

    type in the script - for example the Sports application

    explorer shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.BingSports_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexSports

    This will appear on your desktop -- I need to sort out sensible icons for these but it works !!
    Here's a longer description I made with screenshots.

    Metro apps - desktop / taskbar / create cascading menu

    However what I haven't been able to get is the CORRECT ICON for the metro apps - so I've just used any old icon.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by crimson View Post
    I like W8 interface alot, but certain things don't seem to work.

    Like normally, you could go into the Start menu, and copy/move/edit/delete icons. But In W8, I don't see any way of doing this. The only options they give you is to pin.

    So the "All Programs" Menu in W8 is the Apps menu. And there doesn't seem to be a way to drag any of those shortcuts onto the desktop. There doesn't seem to be away to open file location of any of these shortcuts either.

    What am I supposed to do?
    Hello Crimson,

    If you mean for modern apps, then you could use the method in the tutorial below to create desktop shortcuts for them.

    App Shortcuts - Create in Windows 8
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    It looks though you have to use Custom Icons as per Brinks tutorials : for example

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


    I can't see where the ones from the tiles are located (If indeed they use .ICO files at all).

    You could probably cut and paste from the tiles or the Metro app itself (Before it opens and starts) (take a PRT SCREEN, copy into say WORD / WORDPAD, snipping tool to copy the Tile, then mess around with the .PNG file saved to create the ICON might work.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Wow OK thanks. Because the folders I found didn't have all the shortcuts. That will work, but that's an over complicated way of doing things. How do you fix it so you can just drag and create shortcuts from whatever is in your main App menu under the start menu? Because that area is where all of your shortcuts are. That's basically the "All Programs" section from Windows 7.
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