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Messaging Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

How to Create a "Messaging" App Shortcut in Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Metro "Messaging" Store app shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8 and Windows RT.

In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, the Messaging app is replaced with the Skype app now.





OPTION ONE
To Download a "Messaging" App Shortcut for Windows 8

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.​
Messaging_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 People shortcut to the desktop.​
4. Unblock the Messaging 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 "Messaging" App Shortcut in Windows 8

1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of the 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 mschat:
OR
%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "mschat:" && exit
Shortcut-1.jpg
3. Type Messaging for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
Shortcut-2.jpg
4. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a custom Messaging.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 Messaging shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
6. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)​
Step3.jpg
7. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the Messaging.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.​
Step4.jpg
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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