The best thing about the Microsoft store is that it makes installing and uninstall apps easy and clutter free. Additionally, all the apps automatically update in the background so that you no longer have to deal with the individual update or upgrade prompts. Windows will take care of all that stuff in the background.
One thing that you cannot do with store apps is that you cannot create desktop shortcuts using drag and drop or the shortcut creation wizard. At the very least, it is not that obvious at first glance. However, using a small trick you can actually create store app shortcut in Windows 10. You can also use these shortcuts to add store apps to Windows 10 startup.
Let me show you how to create desktop shortcut for any store app in Windows 10.
Desktop Shortcut for Store Apps
The trick to creating the desktop shortcut for store apps is to make use of the hidden Applications shell folder located in the Windows installation drive (C drive). Here's how.
1. First, we need to open the Applications shell folder. For that press Win + R, type
shell:AppsFolder and click on the "Ok" button.
2. In the Applications folder, you will see shortcuts for all the apps including your regular win32 applications and store apps.
3. To create a shortcut, simply find the application and drag and drop it on your desktop. To quickly find the app you are looking for, you can use the search bar appearing on the upper right corner of the File Explorer.
Alternative Method to Create Store App Shortcut
This method is much easier but it is not obvious at first glance.
1. To create a store app desktop shortcut, the target app should first be pinned to the start menu. If you don't have the app pinned to the start menu, search for the app in the start menu, right-click on it and select the option "Pin to start"
2. Once it is pinned, simply drag and drop it on the desktop to create the desktop shortcut.
That is it. It is that simple to create a shortcut for any store app in Windows 10.
Assign Keyboard shortcut
After creating the shortcut of your favorite store app, you can assign any keyboard shortcut you want for quick launch. To assign a keyboard shortcut, right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties"
In the Properties window, select "Shortcut Key" field and press the keyboard shortcut you would like assign. In my case, I'm assigning the Shift + Alt + O to launch OneNote.
Click on the "Apply" and"Ok" button to save changes.
Hope that helps.
Also, if you are facing any problems with Microsoft store, reinstalling store app might fix it.