How to open Windows 8 start screen apps with an F-key?

I'm trying to figure out how I can assign windows 8 start screen apps to an F-Key. For example, I'm able to launch I.E. 10 in desktop mode when I click F9, but instead of desktop mode, how can I open the I.E. app instead?

Or how would I open windows 8 mail with f10? etc....

Also, some programs ask me to "browse" to select a program to assign an F-key. Where is the program folder for start screen apps?


Hi Daymon,

 

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• How did you assign F10 key for Internet Explorer desktop mode?

 

Start screen apps in Windows 8 are installed in the WindowsApps folder located in the C:\Program Files folder. It is a Hidden folder, so in order to see it, you will have to first open Folder Options and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives option.

 

Follow the steps given here to unhide the folder.

 

a)       Press Windows Key + W Key,  type: Hidden

b)      Click Settings below the search box.

c)       Click Show Hidden Files and Folders on the left side of your screen.

d)      Then click Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

e)       Click OK

 

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Thanks for the help. This works, but it turned out to be pretty pointless since using this method you can't launch an app from outside the start screen.

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Hi Daymon,

Thank you for the reply.

 

I would like to inform you that you can open any app from the start screen or if you have made any shortcut of the app anywhere on your computer.

 

However if you want you can search online using your favorite search engine for a solution.

 

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