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    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a UWP File Explorer app Shortcut in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    18 Jan 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



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


    Starting with Windows 10 build 14936, a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) File Explorer app is included 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.


    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
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-file_explorer_uwp-1.jpg Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-file_explorer_uwp-2.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    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.






    OPTION TWO

    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

    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3 Type Universal File Explorer for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.


    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    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. Posts : 26,815
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #1

    Cool Shawn, great find, Now you get a gold star on your MVP:) Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image.png

    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)
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-005.png

    My Quick access populates though
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-002.png

    screenshot of the right click menu
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-004.png

    properties
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-003.png


    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-001.png

    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. Posts : 26,815
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    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!
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 26,815
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #3

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  4. Posts : 26,815
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #4

    Search works realllly fast:
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-001.png
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  5. Posts : 26,815
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #5

    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.
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-002.png

    It will:
    1.) Place a shortcut in the All Apps column.
    2.) Then just right click and select "Pin to Start"
    Create File Explorer UWP app Shortcut in Windows 10-image-001.png
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  6. Posts : 1,937
    win 10 Insider
       #6

    There you go, then, it is exciting!!
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  7. Posts : 26,815
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       #7

    linw said:
    There you go, then, it is exciting!!
    I told you so(in the other thread)
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10
       #8

    Universal File Explorer skins!
    Can't do much though, can't even launch an executable.

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  9. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10
       #9

    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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