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How to Create an Alarms App Shortcut in Windows 8.1


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Alarms is an app that is included in Windows 8.1 by default and provides you with alarms, timers, and a stopwatch to help you manage and keep track of time.

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

Note   Note
Alarms won't sound when your PC is turned off or in sleep unless your PC supports InstantGo. InstantGo helps your PC wake from sleep with your apps and data already up to date.

If your PC doesn't have InstantGo, when you add a new alarm you'll see a warning that notifications will only sound when your PC is awake.

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EXAMPLE: Alarms app

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Alarms App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE Alarms App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
To Download an Alarms App Shortcut

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

Alarms_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 Alarms shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Alarms 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.






Alarms App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO Alarms App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
To Manually Create an Alarms 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\Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App


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3. Type Alarms 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 Alarms.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 Alarms 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 Alarms.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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