How to Access Metro Apps from Windows Explorer in Windows 8

By Taylor Gibb on March 21st, 2012


Windows 8 comes with its new Metro Start Screen, which makes it easy to launch your Metro apps from that screen, but did you know you can access them from Windows Explorer too? Here’s how to do it.

To get started you need to create a shortcut, so right-click on the desktop, and choose New –>  Shortcut.


When you are asked for the location of the item, use the following:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}


Give your shortcut a name, like All Apps and click finish.


If you open the shortcut you will see it has all your apps, including your Metro apps, conveniently in one place.


Now you can just double click on any app to launch it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 03/21/12
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