Run Windows 10 Apps Directly With These Commands

In Windows 10, Microsoft has added a number of Universal apps which replace classic Desktop apps. The Photos app has replaced Windows Photo Viewer, Calculator has its modern counterpart, Groove Music is intended to replace Windows Media Player. Here is a list of commands to run Universal Windows 10 apps directly.


You can use this list of commands to open various Windows apps directly without visiting the Start menu and clicking their tiles. You can press Win + R shortcut keys on your keyboard and enter them in the Run box. Alternatively, you can type then in the address bar of File Explorer.

For example, the calculator:// command will open Calculator. I have covered this trick earlier.

Windows 10 calculator run box

The list of commands to open Windows 10 apps directly

AppCommand
3D Buildercom.microsoft.builder3d:
Action Centerms-actioncenter:
Alarms & Clockms-clock:
Calculatorcalculator:
Calendaroutlookcal:
Cameramicrosoft.windows.camera:
Candy Crush Soda Sagacandycrushsodasaga:
Connectms-projection:
Cortanams-cortana:
Drawboard PDFdrawboardpdf:
Facebookfb:
Feedback Hubfeedback-hub:
Get Helpms-contact-support:
Groove Musicmswindowsmusic:
Mailoutlookmail:
Mapsbingmaps:
Microsoft Edgemicrosoft-edge:
Microsoft Solitaire Collectionxboxliveapp-1297287741:
Minecraft: Windows 10 Editionminecraft:
Mixed Reality Camerams-holocamera:
Mixed Reality Portalms-holographicfirstrun:
Movies & TVmswindowsvideo:
Newsbingnews:
OneNoteonenote:
Paint 3Dms-paint:
Peoplems-people:
Settingsms-settings:
Skype Previewms-projection:
Storems-windows-store:
Store - Music
microsoftmusic:
Store - Movies & TV
microsoftvideo:
Tipsms-get-started:
Twittertwitter:
View 3D Previewcom.microsoft.3dviewer:
Voice Recorderms-callrecording:
Weatherbingweather:
Windows Defender Security Centerwindowsdefender:
Windows Mixed Reality Environmentsms-environment-builder:
Windows Parental Controlsms-wpc:
Xboxxbox:
Xbox - Friends list
xbox-friendfinder:
Xbox - Profile page
xbox-profile:
Xbox - Network settings
xbox-network:
Xbox - Settings
xbox-settings:
Xbox One SmartGlasssmartglass:

That's it.

2 thoughts on “Run Windows 10 Apps Directly With These Commands

  1. DefCon420

    Calculator can be launched from the run box with just “calc” (without quotes). No need to use “calculator:”

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      calc.exe is just a wrapper for the modern app. this is mentioned in the linked article.

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