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 Post subject: Adding a Windows 10 App to Nexus
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:18 pm 

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I was trying to add the Windows 10 OneNote app to Nexus and kept running into issues. I read through the forums here and I see I could make a shortcut and add the shortcut - but that seemed like a kludge rather than an answer. After experimentation and research, here's how I did it - and it should work for any 'App'.

1) Open up Windows Powershell as administrator.
2) In Powershell, run
get-appxpackage > c:\apps.txt

a) You can name the file whatever you want and place it at any convenient location
3) Open up the txt file you just made, and search for the application you are looking for
a) In my case, it was OneNote
b) Bear in mind, you might have to search through the list if the AppName isn't similar to the display name
4) Make note of the 'PackageFamilyName' and 'InstallLocation'
a) Don't close the file, you'll need it in a minute
5) In Powershell, change directory to the 'InstallLocation' you found in step 4
a) cd <installLocation> where you replace <installLocation> with 'InstallLocation' from step 4
6) In Powershell, run
explorer .

7) Windows File Explorer should open in the directory of the App. Open the file labelled 'AppxManifest.xml' with your favorite text editor
8) In your favorite text editor, search for Executable.
9) Note the Id parameter in the Application XML field (same line as Executable)
10) Create your Nexus dock item. Under the properties, in the filename text box, enter
where you copy and paste the PackageFamilyName from the txt file in Step 4 and Id from the parameter in Step 9
11) [Optional] To change the icon to the one for the App, choose 'Change Icon' and choose Browse. Cut the path from the 'InstallLocation' and go to that directory. There should be an 'Images' sub-directory which should contain the PNG file for the App.

Happy Docking!

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 Post subject: Re: Adding a Windows 10 App to Nexus
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:37 am 
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Thanks. And for those not savvy enough to work with Powershell, etc, simply open the Windows Start Menu and drag the UWP app from the Windows Start Menu into the dock. No need to create a shortcut first.

Alternatively, if you are running Nexus Ultimate or Winstep Xtreme, the default Shelf has a default tab named 'Apps', which holds all the installed UWP apps on your system. Either use that tab to launch a UWP app or drag items you want from it into other docks, etc...

Jorge Coelho
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