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How to Create a Skype App Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1


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The Skype app included in Windows 8.1 by default helps you to stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there's more to talk about. -Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. -Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. -Share everyday things and special moments files, photos, or even a video message. -Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more.

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


This tutorial will show you how to create or download a modern "Skype" 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: Skype app

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Skype App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Skype App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Download a Skype App Shortcut

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

Skype_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 Skype shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Skype 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.






Skype App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Skype App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
To Manually Create a Skype 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.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c!App


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3. Type Skype 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 Skype.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 Skype 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 Skype.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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