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How to Create a Store "Installs" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

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The Installs screen in the Store will show you the detailed progress of any apps that are currently being installed or updated, or if "your apps were installed" (none currently).

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Store Installs shortcut that you can use or pin where you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
Normally you would see the status of an app being installed in the upper right corner of the Store.

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When the app is finished installing, you would get a notification from the Store app at the upper right corner of your display letting you know by default.

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EXAMPLE: Installs in Store
NOTE: This would be the progress of installs for example the Facebook app or the Windows 8.1 update.

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Store "Installs" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Store "Installs" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Download a "Store Installs" Shortcut

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

Store_Installs_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 Store Installs shortcut to your desktop.

4. Unblock the Store Installs shortcut.

5. If you like, 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.






Store "Installs" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Store "Installs" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Manually Create a "Store Installs" Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on an 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 ms-windows-store:installprogress

OR

%windir%\System32\cmd.exe /c start "" "ms-windows-store:installprogress" && exit


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3. Type Store Installs 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 Store.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 Store Installs 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 Store.ico file from step 4, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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