How to create Metro apps shortcuts on Windows 8 Desktop with MetroApp Link

Windows Desktop shortcuts

We know that we can easily create shortcuts for applications on the Windows Desktop to quickly access the apps we use everyday, but if you’ve been using Windows 8 you might have noticed that you don’t have an option to create shortcuts for Metro style apps (or now referred to simply “Windows 8 Applications”). Of course, you can always go to the Start Screen and start typing the name of the application. This works OK while the number of installed applications is small, but once the amount of apps installed in your system starts to get crowded, it also becomes more difficult to easily find apps.

To easy-up this problem you can use MetroApp Link, which is a small utility that it doesn’t need to be installed and it will allow you to create Metro apps shortcuts to the Windows 8 Desktop, reducing the number of steps and time to start working with the apps.

The utility is pretty easy to use, since you don’t need to install it, you just need to extract the content of the zip file and double-click to run it. You may also see a pop-up message at the first run indicating that you need to install the icon library — in this step simply click Yes to continue.

Warning - MetroApps Link

Then the MetroApp Link will load, once in the main application you can just click the Create shortcut button for each Metro app you want to have access from the Desktop.

MetroApp Link app interface

The shortcuts you want will now appear on the Desktop and you can double-click them to open the Windows 8 Applications without the need of going through the Start Screen.

Metro shortcuts

Things to keep in mind:

  • Remember to extract all the content of the zip file.
  • When running the application don’t just double-click the application, instead right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  • The utility do not have a scroll bar, so to view all the shortcut available you need to left-click the application background and grab up and down.
  • If you stumble upon a security warning, simply click Open.
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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and