Here's how to create time-saving shortcuts in Windows 8.

The Metro interface in Windows 8 is likely to be quite popular – after all, it is finger friendly and gives you access to a lot of apps and services. But there are likely to be things you’ll want to use in Windows 8 that are not available in the Metro interface.

While you can move shortcuts around within Metro by simple dragging, creating new shortcuts is a little more convoluted. It can be worth the effort, though, so let’s take a look at creating shortcuts. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

How to create a Metro shortcut for an app

Windows 8 custom shortcuts

Step 1.
Find the app you want to create a shortcut for by opening the Search charm then looking for the app you are interested in. In this case we’re choosing Paint.

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 2.
Right click on the app and a set of options appear along the bottom of the screen. Choose Pin to Start.

Windows 8 synch settings

Step 3.
Now there is a shortcut to Paint on the Metro start screen. You can drag it around into a new position if you like. Add more shortcuts if you need them – we’ve added one to Windows Explorer, for example.

Windows 8 synch settings  

Step 4. If you decide at a later date that you’d rather remove an app you have pinned, just right click it and you’ll see the option Unpin from Start on the bottom of the screen. Select that and the app shortcut will disappear.

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