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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

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Photos App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Photos App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
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 Photos 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.






Photos App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Photos App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
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


Name:  shortcut-1.png
Views: 1888
Size:  29.8 KB

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.

Name:  shortcut-2.png
Views: 1879
Size:  28.6 KB

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)

Name:  shortcut-3.jpg
Views: 1975
Size:  44.7 KB

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.

Name:  shortcut-4.jpg
Views: 1981
Size:  22.7 KB

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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