Most of the Windows 8 users must have tried to create Metro app desktop shortcut or pin it to the Taskbar, but by default Windows 8 does not allow users to create Metro apps shortcuts that are downloaded from Microsoft App Store. Microsoft tries to make it mandatory that users must launch these apps only from the Metro Start Screen.
If you are someone who’s likely to use one of the many available classic Start Menu alternative or if you would love to pin some of the frequently used programs to desktop instead of opening the Start Screen for it all the time, we have a wonderful solution for you.
Creating Metro Apps Shortcut
MetroApp Link, as the name indicates, creates a desktop link for Metro apps on Windows 8 which can be then pinned to Taskbar using the right-click context menu. So let’s see how the tool works.
Once you download the archived package of the tool, extract and run the contained executable file in it. The tool is portable in nature and runs without any installation. For the first time you launch the app, it will ask you the permission to read the Metro icon library to display the apps. Select yes here to open the program.
The program will list all the apps that come installed with Windows 8 by default like Music, Photos, People, Finance, etc. To create the shortcut of the apps, simply click on the button Create Shortcut next to the respective icon. The app is touch oriented in style and thus you will have to hold the left mouse button on the app and drag it up and down to view the remaining apps in the list.
Once you have the shortcut of the Metro Apps on your desktop, you can simply right-click on the metro icon and select Pin to Taskbar to pin the apps. That’s all.
The app is simple to use and creates the desktop icon of the apps without notching into Windows 8 settings. The only limitation of the app is that it works just for limited Metro Apps that come preinstalled with Windows 8 by default and not for the ones that are downloaded from the app store. But it’s a good start after all.