A Desktop Shortcut to View All your Installed Apps

May 2017

The App View feature introduced with Windows 8, regroups all the applications installed on PC. You can access the App View by clicking on the small arrow button located at the lower left corner of the Start Screen:


Yet there is a simple shell command that can simplify the access to your installed applications. This command can be used to create a desktop shortcut to access the App View.

How to Access the App View from your Desktop

Right-click on an empty area your desktop > New > Shortcut. Enter the shell command in the Type the location of the item field:

X:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

X must be replaced by the drive letter on which Windows 8 is installed:


Give a name to the shortcut (e.g All Apps) and click on Finish. Once the shortcut has been created, pin it to your taskbar:


That's it, click on the shortcut to access the All Apps menu:

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Published by deri58. Latest update on June 8, 2015 at 07:13 AM by jak58.
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