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Photos App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

How to Create a Photos App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

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The Photos app is included by default in Windows 8 and brings all of your pictures and home movies together in one place - even if they're on Facebook, Flickr, OneDrive, or another PC.

For more information, see: Photos app for Windows in the Windows Store


This tutorial will show you how to create or download a modern "Photos" 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: Photos app

Photos.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Download a Photos App Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.​
Photos_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 shortcut to the desktop.​
4. Unblock the Photos 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 Photos App Shortcut

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 the command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
Code:
explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\FileManager_cw5n1h2txyewy!Microsoft.Windows.PhotoManager
shortcut-1.png
3. Type Photos 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.png
4. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a custom Photos.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 Photos shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
6. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)​
shortcut-3.jpg
7. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the Photos.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.​
shortcut-4.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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