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How To Pin Windows 11 Store Apps To Desktop (2 Ways)


Apart from Windows Store Apps, pinning any other program to the desktop is simple. However, you appear to want to enhance your productivity by running Windows Store apps straight from the desktop rather using the start menu repeatedly.

added windows store apps to desktop
Added Windows Store App To Desktop

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to pin Universal Windows Apps to the desktop in Windows 11:


Step 1: Open the Start Menu and click the “All apps” button.

click the "all apps" button in start menu
“All Apps” Button

Step 2: Drag and Drop the program that you want to pin the desktop.


In the steps below, we’ll unhide the folder where Store applications are located (C:\Program Files\WindowsApps) and transfer the ownership of the “WindowsApps” folder to the administrator to show the Windows Store apps on the desktop, after which you’ll be able to paste the Windows Store apps to the desktop and anyplace on the PC.

Step 1: Show the hidden files on Windows by customizing the built-in settings.

Step 2: Open the “This PC” app, double-click the main drive, and open the “Program Files” folder.

open the program files folder from the main drive
“Program Files” Folder

Step 3: Scroll, right-click the “WindowsApps” folder and select the Properties option.

select the windows apps folder properties in the main drive
“WindowsApps” Folder Properties

Step 4: Select the Security tab from the top bar and click the “Advanced” button.

select the advanced button in the security settings of windows apps folder
“Advanced” button the security tab

Step 5: Click the “Change” button.

click the change button in security settings in windows apps folder
“Change” Button

Step 6: Copy your computer name or Microsoft Account Email and paste it into the object name section and click the “OK” button.

copy and paste the computer name in object name section in windows apps folder
Input the Computer Name

Step 7: Now, open the WindowsApps folder, navigate to the app folder that you want to add to the desktop.

apps in windows store apps folder in main drive
Apps in Windows Store Folder

Step 8: Copy the app (.exe file) and paste it on the desktop.

copy and paste windows store apps to desktop using windows store folder in main drive
Copy and Paste Windows Store Apps

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to pin Windows Store Apps to desktop in Windows 11. You can use any one of the methods listed above (depending on the ease of use).

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