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Desktop shortcuts

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8, Microsoft, and Gmail

    Desktop shortcuts


    How do I create a desktop shortcut for an application listed in the Start (ALL APPS) list in Windows 8?

    I use Firefox and G-mail

    Thanks to anyone who helps a 75-yr-old beginner....

    Joe Busuttil

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Here's how I did it using Windows Movie Maker 6.0 as an example:

    1. Open your "all apps" view
    2. Right click the app you want to appear on your desktop
    3. Select "open file location"

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    4. Once opened, right-click the highlighted exe file and select "create shortcut"

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    5. Select OK for desktop option

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    That should do it! Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8, Microsoft, and Gmail

    Desktop shortcuts in Windows 8


    Thank you for replying promptly to my enquiry re: creation of shortcuts in Windows 8. However, am sorry to say I am unable to find the wording FILE LOCATION. When I right-click on an icon in the window that shows all apps I get a check-mark on that icon BUT NOTHING HAPPENS.

    I have been trying to create a desktop shortcut for the application, MAPS, but when I click on the checked icon in applications, I find that a full-screen window opens to show a world map as a DESKTOP BACKGROUND. This is not what I am after.
    and kind regards,

    Joe Busuttil
    With renewed thanks
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Joe, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunately, apps from the Store do not have an option to create a shortcut for them.

    If you like, the tutorial below can help show you how to create a Maps shortcut on your desktop though.

    "Maps" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8, Microsoft, and Gmail

    Desktop shortcuts in Windows 8


    Many thks. You solved my problem, with which I had been wrestling in vain for a long time.

    I worked well with Option TWO, and did not have to navigate beyond Step 3 where i am asked to click on FINISH.

    Grateful for your help, particularly your promptness in replying and your expertise.

    Joe Busuttil
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Joe.
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