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App EXE, where do I find them?

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    App EXE, where do I find them?


    I was about to attach an APP I regularly use to a Hotkey on my Keyboard when suddenly I realized don't even know where to find the Executable to do so.

    Where can one find these Executable and do they even look like a x86 type EXE?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Is it one of the built-in Windows Store apps?

    If so then have a search through the Tutorials section as there are a bunch of tutorials showing how to create a Shortcut to them (which can include a shortcut key) - for instance this one is for the News app:
    "News" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    If it's not a built-in app then I guess the same pattern might work (?), but you'd need to find out the correct name to refer to it.
    Edit: Actually I'm not sure about that now - I saw somewhere that this method only works for built-in apps.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    For third party applications you will most likely find the .exe's stored under C:\Program Files

    From there you can manually find the executable file or use the following search command to find it

    Place this in the search bar:

    Code:
    *.exe
    For system applications like Task manager, Calculator and Microsoft Paint , those are normally found in System32 and can be in various locations.

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    Hope This Helps,
    Josh!
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