HOW TO: Launch Modern Windows Apps from RocketDock
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Published: August 29, 2014
RocketDock is one of the best free launcher applications for Windows that even works properly on latest systems (such as Windows 10) although there hasn't been an update for a long time. Of course there are alternatives such as XWindowsDock, but I experienced very weird happenigs on Windows 8 (browsers didn't work properly and most Win8 apps couldn't start). So I decided to keep using RocketDock. But how about launching Windows 8 ('Modern') and Windows 10 ('Universal') apps with it? There is a way to do this. You just simply do the shortcut trick on a RocketDock icon.

Requirements:

Solution by me


  1. Add an empty icon to your dock (if haven't already) and open its settings.
  2. Type 'explorer.exe' into the 'Target' box and type 'C:\Windows' into the 'Start in' box.
    Note Replace 'C:' with the letter of the drive, you have Windows installed on.
  3. Start 'Run' (by pressing [WINDOWS]+[R]), type in 'shell:AppsFolder' and press [ENTER].
  4. You'll now see an Explorer window that shows every app (desktop and modern) that is installed on your computer.
  5. Change the view to 'Details'.
  6. Press [ALT] to show the classic menu bar and click 'View>Choose details...'.
  7. Check 'AppUserModelId' and press 'OK'.
    Note You'll need these for the icon
  8. Now go back to the icon settings you've opened.
  9. Type the following into the 'Arguments' box:
      shell:AppsFolder\*** the ID of the app you want to launch with this icon ***
  10. Press 'OK' and click the icon to test if it works.
    Note If just an Explorer window (showing your 'Documents' directory) opens, you might have typing errors in the ID. Repeat step 9.
  11. You're done!

Alternative solution by lteijeiro


  1. Start 'Run' (by pressing [WINDOWS]+[R]), type in 'shell:AppsFolder' and press [ENTER].
  2. Right click the app you want to launch and click 'Create shortcut'.
  3. There will be a message saying 'Windows can't create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?'
  4. Click Yes
  5. There will be a new shortcut on your desktop to this app.
    Note You can move it somewhere else if you don't want to have it on your desktop (which would make RocketDock quite redundant).
  6. Drag this shortcut into RocketDock
  7. Open its icon settings
  8. Insert the following at the beginning of the 'Target' box' value: 'shell:AppsFolder\'
    Note Of course, without the quotation marks.
  9. Maybe change icon and label as you like.
  10. Press 'OK' and click the icon to test if it works.
  11. You're done!
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Comments (36)
taikatalvieikukaan's avatar
neither method worked for me
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Chef-of-KH's avatar
Is there an error message? Or does just an Explorer window open?
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SacrificialS|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a ton for this! Needed it and it worked perfectly!
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newtonianflow|Hobbyist General Artist
Been looking for this for a long time! Thanks!
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jkrhrt's avatar
Thanks! 
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SacrificialS|Hobbyist Photographer
You the man! Needed this and saved me so much time!
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whitedragon|Hobbyist General Artist
Worked perfectly on ObjectDock. Thanks For sharing this awesome tip!
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absolutebobEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
👍
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mardoek50's avatar
Works like a charm. Thank you very much! :D (Big Grin) 
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lennythecat's avatar
Thank you so much! I would never think someone would put the solution on web, and I found this.
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RayneForest's avatar
I just tried this in Windows 10 and it works like a dream you are fabulous. 
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xyrano111's avatar
Chef-of-KH Thanks bro. Couldn't get Killer Instinct to load from RocketDock. Your solution immediately worked. Awesome!
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czekoladowyponczek's avatar
Okay it's been almost 4 years now but I just found this after battling with Windows for like half an hour and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you, kind sir. Thanks so much.
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Chef-of-KH's avatar
No problem :D
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newtonianflow|Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly what I needed! It did open the Documents folder on the first try, but when I corrected my ID it worked perfectly. Thanks for this!!
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diegosgro's avatar
I don't know why but this didn't work properly as it opened "documents" instead of the app.

I tried the Iteijeiro solution changing just the target and it works

Surface Pro 4, Windows 10.
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Chef-of-KH's avatar
Would you comment the app you tried to start (with parameters etc.) below? The 'Documents' directory is opened when the app can't be launched/found (AppUserModelID correct?). Using a Surface tablet shouldn't be a problem ;)
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RatherAbrupt|Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you so much. This is still very helpful :)
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Chef-of-KH's avatar
Good to hear! :D
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lteijeiro's avatar
Sorry, but it didn't work for me on Windows 10. Here is what worked...
1. use step 3 above: i.e. -  Start 'Run' (by pressing [WINDOWS]+[R]), type in 'shell:AppsFolder' and press [ENTER].
2. right click app and create shortcut, it will give you the following warning: Windows can't create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?

                                                                                                                  click Yes

3. Drag your newly created shortcut on your desktop to rocketdock. It will show up with "?" as an icon.
4. Right click new Rocketdock Icon and select icon settings
5. In the icon settings pop up, ADD TO BEGGINING of the target box the following: shell:AppsFolder\
6. Make sure that the rest of the APPID has not been altered
7. Hit OK and you're done.
8. You can change the Default Icon to your liking.

Hope this helps!
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a4awesome|Hobbyist General Artist
thanks man
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ryder203's avatar
This worked for me and is less complicated. Thanks.
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benderclark|Hobbyist Digital Artist
..... DUDE !!!!  This is PURE AWESOME !!!  It does works with Winstep Nexus dock too ... Awesome !!!
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