With Windows 10, lots of built-in apps (like the calculator) are now "Modern UI" apps. Other Modern UI apps (like Netflix) are a lot more useful now that you can run them in a window. There's just one problem: There's no obvious way to make shortcuts of these apps so you can put them on your desktop, or start them with an app like Launchy.
Luckily, there is a hidden way:
Open File Explorer and paste the following in the address bar:
- Press Enter. You should be greeted with a secret folder containing a bunch of random apps and actions.
- Find the Modern app you want to create a shortcut to. Right-click on it and choose "Create shortcut". It will show up on your desktop.
From there, you can do whatever you want with the shortcut — leave it on your desktop for quick launching, or — if you're a Launchy user like me — put it in a folder and add that folder to Launchy's catalogue. It's annoying that you have to do it one-by-one, but I suppose it's better than nothing.
This trick has been around since Windows 8, but with Modern apps becoming more prevalent in Windows 10, this trick became more useful.