Launching Windows 10 "apps"

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Launching Windows 10 "apps"

August 3rd, 2015, 3:41 am
jsmorley
Developer   [15494 posts]

Open the folder:
C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts

Find the application you want, and copy that "folder" name.
Inside the folder, copy the name of the "shortcut" (usually "App" with applications included with Windows)

Put the two on a shell command of:
Shell:AppsFolder\FolderName!ShortCutName

So for Bing Weather:
The folder name is "Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe"
the shortcut name inside the folder is "App"

Shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

LeftMouseUpAction=["Shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App"]

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[Rainmeter]
Update=1000
DynamicWindowSize=1
AccurateText=1

[MeterOne]
Meter=String
FontSize=13
FontColor=255,255,255,255
SolidColor=47,47,47,255
Padding=5,5,5,5
AntiAlias=1
Text=Bing Weather
LeftMouseUpAction=["Shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App"]




Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 20th, 2016, 11:10 pm
Nighthunter226
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Hey guys,

I've followed this to the letter but my 'Application Shortcuts' folder is empty.
I've enabled the 'show hidden folders' option and that hasn't made a change. Google can't seem to understand my query so i'm posting here in hopes of a quick answer

Thanks
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Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 20th, 2016, 11:12 pm
jsmorley
Developer   [15494 posts]

Not sure. Mine is too. Apparently something has changed in how Win10 does things in newer versions.
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Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 20th, 2016, 11:26 pm
jsmorley
Developer   [15494 posts]

Try:

C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\Packages

Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 21st, 2016, 2:51 am
Nighthunter226
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jsmorley wrote:Try:

C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\Packages



Found the folders in the folder but can't find any app shortcuts. Just spent the better half of an hour looking so if you've got any hints I'd appreciate that greatly
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Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 23rd, 2016, 4:34 pm
eclectic-tech
Rainmeter Sage   [1973 posts]

Nighthunter226 wrote:Found the folders in the folder but can't find any app shortcuts. Just spent the better half of an hour looking so if you've got any hints I'd appreciate that greatly
My folder is empty too, but the Powershell script by jsmorley (now generates errors, but seems to still find installed apps).

I modified the last command of that script to: 
$aumidList>>c:\AppList.txt

This saves the list to a file at "C:\AppList.txt". You can open that file to see the ID needed in your 'shell:AppsFolder\...' to launch the Windows 10 App. 
Admin Command Window with Powershell activated and script pasted:

Script Results & AppList.txt:
Better programmers than myself may be able to provide an 'error free' solution...

Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 29th, 2016, 6:46 am
Nighthunter226
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eclectic-tech wrote:My folder is empty too, but the Powershell script by jsmorley (now generates errors, but seems to still find installed apps).

I modified the last command of that script to: 
$aumidList>>c:\AppList.txt

This saves the list to a file at "C:\AppList.txt". You can open that file to see the ID needed in your 'shell:AppsFolder\...' to launch the Windows 10 App. 
Admin Command Window with Powershell activated and script pasted:Script.png
Script Results & AppList.txt:runList.pngBetter programmers than myself may be able to provide an 'error free' solution...


Much obliged my friend.
So now all I need to do is work out how to make Rainemeter open the app on LeftMouseUpAction
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Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

December 29th, 2016, 5:58 pm
eclectic-tech
Rainmeter Sage   [1973 posts]

Nighthunter226 wrote:Much obliged my friend.
So now all I need to do is work out how to make Rainemeter open the app on LeftMouseUpAction
You can use the method in the first post for most window apps. Find the info in the 'C:\AppList.txt' file the script creates and use it as described:
jsmorley wrote:Find the application you want, and copy that "folder" name.
Inside the folder, copy the name of the "shortcut" (usually "App" with applications included with Windows)

Put the two on a shell command of:
Shell:AppsFolder\FolderName!ShortCutName

So for Bing Weather:
The folder name is "Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe"
the shortcut name inside the folder is "App"

Shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

LeftMouseUpAction=["Shell:AppsFolder\Microsoft.BingWeather_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App"]
That is all that should be needed to launch Windows 10 Apps.

Re: Launching Windows 10 "apps"

January 11th, 2017, 7:26 am
S019
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Found an alternative method.

Find the app you want in the start menu (cortona's search doesn't seem to work for me) and drag and drop it onto your desktop or other folder. This will create a .lnk shortcut to the app. Just link to this shortcut to launch the app.

Ex:

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LeftMouseUpAction=["C:\Users\User\Desktop\VLC for Windows Store.lnk"]

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