The List of URI Commands to launch Windows 10 Apps

Here's the most comprehensive list of URI Commands to launch Windows 10 Apps. By adding the Store app to Windows, Microsoft made it possible for apps to register a special protocol which can be used to open the app directly. This is called URI, and stands for 'Unique Resource Identifier'. Such URIs also exist for pages of Settings and allow opening such pages directly.


You can type a URI into the Run dialog (Win + R) or in a command prompt window. After you hit the Enter key, the appropriate Store app will be opened. This works for built-in apps like Weather, Calendar, Calculator, etc, and also works for many third-party apps like Twitter or games.

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Certain Store and UWP apps may include executable files, but they can't be used to launch them directly. Instead, they are supposed to be launched by their shortcuts or with URIs.

The following table is the most comprehensive list of URI Commands to launch apps in Windows 10.

URI Commands to launch Windows 10 Apps

AppURI Command
Action Centerms-actioncenter:
Alarms & Clockms-clock:
Available Networksms-availablenetworks:
Candy Crush Soda Sagacandycrushsodasaga:
Cortana Connected Servicesms-cortana://notebook/?ConnectedServices
Cortana Personal Informationms-cortana://settings/ManageBingProfile
Device Discoveryms-settings-connectabledevices:devicediscovery
Drawboard PDFdrawboardpdf:
Feedback Hubfeedback-hub:
Get Helpms-contact-support:
Groove Musicmswindowsmusic:
Microsoft Edgemicrosoft-edge:
Microsoft Newsbingnews:
Microsoft Solitaire Collectionxboxliveapp-1297287741:
Microsoft Storems-windows-store:
Microsoft Store – Musicmicrosoftmusic:
Microsoft Store – Movies & TVmicrosoftvideo:
Microsoft Whiteboardms-whiteboard-cmd:
Minecraft: Windows 10 Editionminecraft:
Mixed Reality Camerams-holocamera:
Mixed Reality Portalms-holographicfirstrun:
Movies & TVmswindowsvideo:
Paint 3Dms-paint:
People – Settingsms-people:settings
Project Displayms-settings-displays-topology:projection
Screen Snipms-screenclip:
Snip & Sketchms-ScreenSketch:
Weatherbingweather: OR msnweather:
Windows Mixed Reality Environmentsms-environment-builder:
Windows Parental Controlsms-wpc:
Windows Securitywindowsdefender:
Xbox – Friends list​_xbox-friendfinder:
Xbox – Profile pagexbox-profile:
Xbox – Network settingsxbox-network:
Xbox – Settingsxbox-settings:​_
Xbox One SmartGlasssmartglass:

Via msftnext.

The same list exists for pages of the Settings app. See the following article for reference.

ms-settings Commands in Windows 10 (Settings Page URI Shortcuts)

Here's how you can use such URI commands to create a shortcut in Windows 10.

Create App Shortcut with URI command in Windows 10

  1. Right click the empty space on your Desktop and select New -> Shortcut:
    Windows 10 desktop new shortcut
  2. In the "Location" of the item, enter the following: explorer.exe URI.
  3. Replace the <URI> portion with the desired app command you want to create a shortcut for.URL List
  4. Specify the name and icon for your shortcut.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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