In Windows 10 you can launch the store apps in a variety of ways. Some of them include but not limited to from the start menu, the store, taskbar, using shortcuts, etc. If you are like me and like to create custom shortcuts or work with command prompt and PowerShell then you might be wondering how to open store apps from the command prompt, PowerShell or Run dialog box.
I mean, for traditional win32 apps all you have to do is find and execute the .exe file. For store apps, you don't have that luxury.
Thankfully, though the store apps have no .exe file, they have their own app URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) commands which can be used to launch the application. Not only to launch the application but depending on the app URI command, you can launch a specific section or perform an action within the app. For instance, by slightly modifying the Xbox app URI command you can launch friends list, profile page, settings, etc., directly. These app URI commands are implemented by their respective developers and each app has a unique URI command to perform any action you want.
Here are the built-in Windows 10 app URI commands you should know. For third-party apps, you should be able to find the app URI commands on their website. If not, ask the developer. I've also detailed how to use the store app URI commands to launch the app below. Do check it out.
- Windows 10 app URI commands [first-party]
- App URI commands for build-in third-party apps in Windows 10
- Using app URI commands in Windows 10
Windows 10 App URI Commands [First-Party]
Below are the URI commands for built-in first-party Microsoft store apps. As you can see, each app URI command is unique and can be used to launch the application.
|App Name||URI Command|
|Alarms & Clock||ms-clock:|
|Microsoft Store - Movies & TV section||microsoftvideo:|
|Mixed Reality Camera||ms-holocamera:|
|Mixed Reality Portal||ms-holographicfirstrun:|
|Movies & TV (Films & TV)||mswindowsvideo:|
|View 3D Preview||com.microsoft.3dviewer:|
|Windows Defender Security Center||windowsdefender:|
|Windows Mixed Reality Environments||ms-environment-builder:|
|Windows Parental Controls||ms-wpc:|
|Xbox - Friends list||xbox-friendfinder:|
|Xbox - Profile page||xbox-profile:|
|Xbox - Network settings||xbox-network:|
|Xbox - Settings||xbox-settings:|
|Xbox One SmartGlass||smartglass:|
Built-in Third-party App URI Commands
Below are some of the app URI commands for built-in third-party apps in Windows 10. Like I said before, if you can't find the app URI command for your favorite app, please take looks the developer website or ask the developer.
Note: I've included Solitaire and Minecraft in this because they are both paid applications. Moreover, they function as a third-party app even though they are developed and maintained by Microsoft.
|App Name||URI Command|
|Candy Crush Soda Saga||candycrushsodasaga:|
|Microsoft Solitaire Collection||xboxliveapp-1297287741:|
|Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition||minecraft:|
Using App URI Commands in Windows 10
Using the commands to open store app in Windows 10 is quite easy. In fact, all you have to do is copy the app URI from the above table and execute start <appURIcommand> in the command prompt, PowerShell, or the Run dialog box.
From command prompt:
To launch the store app from command prompt execute start <appURICommand>. Replace <appURICommand> with the actual app URI command. For example to launch the calculator app, execute start calculator:.
To launch the store app from PowerShell execute start <appURICommand>. Replace <appURICommand> with the actual app URI command. For example to launch the calculator app, execute start calculator:.
From the Run dialog box:
When using the run dialog box (Windows Key + R), you don't have to include start keyword. Just type the app URI command and press Enter.