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Metro Apps - Open from Desktop in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Yes, there is a way but it only works for apps that were installed along with Windows 8:
    Here's an example for Calendar app:

    1. From Start Screen, type default programs and run it -> associate a file type or protocol with a program.Scroll down until you see "WLCALENDAR", In the Description, you'll see URL:wlcalendar so wlcalendar is the name of the calendar app.
    2. Create a shortcut on the desktop and enter:
      C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "wlcalendar:" && exit
    3. Click next and name the shortcut as Calendar


    That's it.

    Do the same for Sports, Weather, News etc....... and of course, you can go to property and change the Icon to make it looks nice, pin to the taskbar if you like.
    Very nice topgundcp.

    I shall have to get some tutorials created for these tonight.
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Dec 2012 at 03:14.

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  2. #21


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    Thank you Shawn,
    I also tried to upload an icon library for these apps but apparently I cannot. Is there a file size limitation ?
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    You could see if placing them in a ZIP file, then uploading the ZIP may work better.
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  4. #23


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    I did put in a ZIP file and uploaded it but when I submit it, I don't see the attachment.
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    That's ok. I got them now anyways, but thank you.

    If the ZIP was over 8 MB, then it would have been rejected.
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  7. #26


    does anyone know how to do this for the camera app

    i want a shortcut on the desktop that runs the metro camera app

    any help appreciated
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