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How to Create a "Maps" App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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The Maps app included in Windows 8 and 8.1 helps bring the world to your fingertips. With stunning aerial and satellite imagery, comprehensive road coverage, and extensive local listings, the Maps app makes it easier than ever to find and get directions to locations, businesses, and events across the globe.

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


This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Metro Bing "Maps" Store 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: Maps app

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"Maps" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE "Maps" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Download a "Maps" App Shortcut for Windows 8

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Maps_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 Maps shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Maps 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.






"Maps" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO "Maps" Store App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Manually Create a "Maps" 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
bingmaps:

OR


%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "bingmaps:" && exit

OR

Code:
explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.BingMaps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!AppexMaps

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3. Type Maps for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. Click/tap on the Download button below to download a custom Maps.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 Maps shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

6. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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7. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the Maps.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.

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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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