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How to Create a "Reading List" App Shortcut in Windows 8.1


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Do you ever run out of time to read articles or watch videos you’ve found online? The Windows Reading List app is included by default in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1., and allows you to easily track and manage all of the content you want to get back to later in a beautiful display. You can share content to your list from the web or from other apps and easily come back to it when you have more time. Whatever you like to read or watch, the app makes it easy to save, find and get back to things you like, listing content you've saved in chronological order.

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


This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Windows "Reading List" modern app shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Reading List app

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"Reading List" App Shortcut- Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE "Reading List" App Shortcut- Create in Windows 8.1
To Download a "Reading List" App Shortcut for Windows 8.1

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

Reading_List_Shortcut.zip

download

2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Reading List shortcut to your desktop.

4. Unblock the Reading List 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.






"Reading List" App Shortcut- Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO "Reading List" App Shortcut- Create in Windows 8.1
To Manually Create a "Reading List" App Shortcut in Windows 8.1


1. Right click or press and hold on a empty area of your 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 windowsreadinglist
:

OR

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

OR

Code:
explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.WindowsReadingList_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.WindowsReadingList

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3. Type Reading List 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 Reading_List.ico file to use for this shortcut. Unblock the .ico file, then move it to where you would like to keep it saved at.


download

5. Right click or press and hold on the new Reading List 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 Reading_List.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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