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    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10

    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut in Windows 10
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    How to Create a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14936 includes a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) File Explorer app that is still an unfinished early version. It is a touch oriented app, with no Ribbon, toolbar, or any shell extensions like the File Explorer app in Windows 10 Mobile.

    This tutorial will show you how to create or download a UWP File Explorer app shortcut in Windows 10.

    Give the early version of this UWP File Explorer app a play with, and please post about your findings and thoughts about the app so far.

    Note   Note
    Currently, trying to run any executable files from within the UWP File Explorer app will just result in a "Launch File" error.

    When creating a new folder in the UWP File Explorer app, it will ask you to enter a name for the folder before actually creating it.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Download a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut
    • Option Two: To Manually Create a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut


    EXAMPLE: Universal Windows Platform (UWP) File Explorer app
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    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10
    To Download a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Universal_File_Explorer_shortcut.zip

    download

    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10
    To Manually Create a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut

    1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App

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    3. Type Universal File Explorer for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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    4. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    01 Oct 2016 #1
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    Cool Shawn, great find, Now you get a gold star on your MVP Name:  image.png
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    First of all, and most important, it follows the DARK THEME

    One problem is it wants to show "Public" which of course is empty(hello Windows 7)
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    My Quick access populates though
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    screenshot of the right click menu
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    properties
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    You can still navigate using the breadcrumb trail.

    I was able to click a word file and it opened the Word UWP app no problem.

    Could not run a batch file(flush DNS as a test), and there is no Run as Admin option yet either.

    Well that's what I got so far
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  2.    01 Oct 2016 #2
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    Additional:
    Drag & drop from File Explorer(a text document) into the UWP version to the Public documents, does not work yet.
    Also there is no paste option. Ctrl+v doesn't do it either.

    Using the Copy To in the same folder(quick access) worked, then the delete worked too, BUT... It deletes it directly, and does not move it to recycle bin, so BEWARE!
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  3.    01 Oct 2016 #3
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  4.    01 Oct 2016 #4
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    Search works realllly fast:
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  5.    01 Oct 2016 #5
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    To get the shortcut in the Start Menu, go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    and follow Option Two in the tutorial.
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    It will:
    1.) Place a shortcut in the All Apps column.
    2.) Then just right click and select "Pin to Start"
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  6.    02 Oct 2016 #6
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    There you go, then, it is exciting!!
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  7.    02 Oct 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    There you go, then, it is exciting!!
    I told you so(in the other thread)
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  8.    03 Oct 2016 #8
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    Universal File Explorer skins!
    Can't do much though, can't even launch an executable.

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  9.    12 Oct 2016 #9
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    The UWP File Explorer will render custom icons but not for folders, much like the Start Menu!
    You can create new folders and move items that will reflect in the Win32 environment.

    (That icon pack looks great with a dark UI!)

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