How to Create a Windows 10 UWP Application Desktop Shortcut

How to Create a Windows 10 UWP Application Shortcut

If you want create a desktop shortcut of a UWP Windows 10 applicationyou might hit a dead end because these apps don’t have executable files by right clicking.

Creating desktop shortcuts for files or applications is quite easy. In fact, many apps will offer to create one during installation. You can delete these shortcuts as easily as you create them, but for apps, this convenience is limited for desktop apps.

Windows 10 provides an easy way to pin universal apps and other items to a new Start Menu or taskbar. But if you want to create a desktop shortcut for this app, and don’t know how to do it. Here are 2 ways to create a Windows 10 UWP application desktop shortcut:

Method 1: Creating UWP Application Desktop Shortcut from Start Menu

First we will look at the easiest way to create a desktop shortcut for a UWP application. open Start Menu > All apps, and find the application for which you want to create a desktop shortcut. Then simply click and hold, then drag and drop from the Start menu to the desktop.

The shortcut will be placed on your desktop. If you don’t have an application pinned to the Start Menu, you can search for it in the Applications list and drag and drop it on your desktop.

How to Create a Windows 10-1-1 UWP Application Shortcut

Method 2: Creating UWP Application Desktop Shortcut from File Explorer

Another way to do it is via File Explorer. To do so, press the Windows keyboard shortcut Key + R to bring up the dialogue Run and type the command below then press Enter or click OK.

shell: AppsFolder

How to Create a Windows 10-1 UWP Application Shortcut

This will open the folder in File Explorer. In this folder, you will find desktop and UWP apps. Right-click the UWP application that you want to create a shortcut for and select the option ‘Create shortcut‘ from the context menu. You will see a prompt telling you that the shortcut cannot be created in the current folder and will instead be placed on the desktop.

How to Create a Windows 10-2 UWP Application Shortcut

Shortcuts can be deleted or moved anywhere you like. Once created, it is very similar to desktop application shortcuts. For example, you can pass command line arguments to the app if it supports it. You can configure keyboard shortcuts to open shortcuts, and you can also set shortcuts to always open apps in maximized window.

Unfortunately, there is no way to create a shortcut to a UWP application from the desktop context menu. The shortcut tool you get when you right-click an empty area on the desktop and select New > Shortcuts not built to accommodate UWP applications. This tool is an older version of Windows and has not been updated to include UWP applications.