The Metro interface in Windows 8 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 simply dragging, creating new shortcuts is not complicated.
Here’s how to create a time-saving Metro shortcut for an app in Windows 8:
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.
Step 2. Right click on the app and a set of options appear along the bottom of the screen. Choose Pin to Start.
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.
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.