Shortcuts to access Apps in Windows 11

Sep 21, 2022 | Windows 11 Hints and Tips

There are a huge numbers of apps available when you are using your PC. Finding the quickest and most convenient way to open these based on how you work can unlock hours of saved time.

Pinning and Unpinning from Start 

The start button provides a list of pinned apps for you to quickly access with All Apps producing a complete list.  If the initial list does not show the apps that you are most likely to use then it can be modified. 

Pinned to start

To remove a pinned app 

  1. Click on the Start button 
  2. To unpin a shortcut from the list right click the app icon and Unpin from Start 
  3. Another app will be put in its place 

To pin an app 

  1. Click on the Start button 
  2. Click on All Apps 
  3. Right click on the App and Pin to Start 

NOTE: If the App is already pinned to the start menu then the option will be Unpin from Start 

NOTE: Once an item has been pinned the order can be changed by right clicking on the app and selecting Move to top 

Pinning and Unpinning from the Taskbar 

You may find it easier to access apps from the taskbar that sits at the bottom of the screen because it is always visible. 

Pinned to Taskbar

To pin to taskbar 

  1. Click on the Start button 
  2. If the app is available in the pinned list then right click and Pin to Taskbar 
  3. If it isn’t in the pinned list then click on All Apps 
  4. Right click on the App, select More and Pin to Taskbar 

NOTE: If the App is already pinned to the taskbar then the option will be Unpin from taskbar instead 

Adding a shortcut to a Programs to the Desktop 

Sometime individuals prefer to see the shortcut directly on the desktop. 

  1. Click on the Start button 
  2. If the app is available in the pinned list then right click and Open File Location 
Add shortcut to desktop

3. If it isn’t in the pinned list then click on All Apps 
4. Right click on the App, select More and Open File Location 
5. In either case a list of shortcuts to the Microsoft applications will be available 
6. Right click on the app required and Copy 
7. Navigate to the desktop and Paste 

NOTE: This is only available for certain programs including Word, Excel, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. 

Further Reading

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