Create Desktop Shortcut for Store app in Windows 10

There is a native way to create shortcuts on the Desktop for any Store app you have installed on your Windows 10 PC. This trick is possible thanks to the secret hidden folder "Applications". In this article, I would like to show you how you can do it.

Wouldn't it be convenient to create a shortcut to launch the modern Mail, Skype, OneDrive, Photos, Camera or any modern (UWP) app you have installed from the Store without using third party tools? Well, this is very easy, but not quite obvious! Let's discover this hidden secret feature right now.

The method described below involves a special shell folder which can be opened by the following command (type it in the Run dialog):


Run Shell Appsfolder

Note: The command above is a special Shell command. See the following article:

List of shell commands in Windows 10

Here is how it looks:

Windows 10 Applications Folder Appsfolder

The folder shows all installed apps in the list. The list includes classic Desktop apps along with Store apps.

Readers of Winaero are familiar with this folder. In our previous articles, we used it a lot. See

Now, let's see how we can use this folder to create a shortcut for any Store app.

To create a Desktop shortcut for a Store app in Windows 10, do the following.


  1. Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog and type shell:AppsFolder in the run box.Run Shell Appsfolder
  2. Hit the Enter key to open the Applications folder. Windows 10 Applications Folder Appsfolder
  3. Now, drag and drop the shortcut of the desired app to the Desktop.
    Windows 10 Create Shortcut For Store App Original
    Windows will create a new shortcut for it instantly!Windows 10 Shortcut For Store App Created

Now, you can move this shortcut to any convenient location, pin it to taskbar or to Start, add to All apps or add to Quick Launch (see how to enable Quick Launch). You can also assign a global hotkey to your shortcut.

That's it.

2 thoughts on “Create Desktop Shortcut for Store app in Windows 10

  1. Doug


    (I used it for Skype.)

    1. JB

      Also had to use this to put a Skype “app” shortcut on the desktop – quick and easy solution!


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