MetroApp Link: Create desktop shortcuts for native Metro apps on Windows 8
Of course, you can use the search function on the start screen, which allows you to search for applications, files, folders, settings and everything else on your computer. In previous versions of Windows we can place on the desktop shortcuts for quick launch of frequently used programs that saved us from having to search for them in the menu «start». Unfortunately, Metro apps, this trick will not work.
Today I will tell you about the app MetroApp Link for Windows 8, which is a portable tool allowing you to easily add standard shortcuts of Metro apps on the desktop.
Since the app is portable, you don’t have to install it. Just unzip the archive and run the file. The first run will be prompted to install the icon library. Click Yes to continue.
After that, you will see the main interface of the program that contains the icon and Create Shortcut button for each Metro native app. Press on Create Shortcut put on your desktop a shortcut to the corresponding app.
The shortcut appears on the desktop, allowing you to run the application without opening the start screen.
MetroApp Link works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.
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