Create Metro Apps Desktop Shortcut 7 & Pin them to Taskbar

Create Metro Apps Desktop Shortcut 7 & Pin them to Taskbar

Most of the Windows 8 users have tried creating a Metro app desktop shortcut or pinning it to the Taskbar. However, Windows 8 does not allow users to create Metro apps shortcuts downloaded from Microsoft App Store. Microsoft requires users to launch these apps only from the Metro Start Screen.

If you prefer using a classic Start Menu alternative or would like to pin frequently used programs to the desktop instead of opening the Start Screen every time, we have a solution for you.

Creating Metro Apps Shortcut

MetroApp Link creates desktop links for Metro apps on Windows 8. These links can then be pinned to the Taskbar using the right-click context menu. Here’s how the tool works.

To begin, download and extract the archived package of MetroApp Link. Run the executable file contained within. The tool is portable and does not require installation. On the first launch, you will be asked for permission to read the Metro icon library in order to display the apps. Select “yes” to open the program.

The program will list installed Windows 8 apps like Music, Photos, People, Finance. To create shortcuts, click Create Shortcut next to the icon. The app is touch oriented, so hold the left mouse button and drag up and down to view the remaining apps.

Create Metro Apps Desktop Shortcut 7 & Pin them to TaskbarCreate Metro Apps Desktop Shortcut 7 & Pin them to Taskbar

Once you have the Metro Apps shortcut on your desktop, right-click on the metro icon and select Pin to Taskbar to pin the apps.

Create Metro Apps Desktop Shortcut 7 & Pin them to Taskbar

Conclusion

The app is easy to use and creates desktop icons for the apps without modifying Windows 8 settings. The app works for limited Metro Apps that come preinstalled with Windows 8, but not for apps downloaded from the app store. Nonetheless, it’s a good start.

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