You can add Universal Windows Platform apps to Quicklaunch Full Screen View, but there are certain restrictions in doing so. This is considered to be an Advanced Topic, and requires additional knowledge of Windows applications.


Microsoft limits access to the Windows Store from other programs to prevent applications from viewing or installing applications without your consent. However, it is possible to look to see what applications are currently installed on the computer, in order to launch them. For this reason, any UWP apps you wish to launch from Quicklaunch must be already installed.


In this example, we will add Microsoft Sway UWP to Quicklaunch.


  1. Download the attached PowerShell script to the Quicklaunch PC and store it somewhere you can easily locate it, such as the Desktop.
  2. Open a PowerShell command window (Windows-R, type "powershell", and click OK).
  3. Run the script (for example, if you saved it to your desktop, enter "$ENV:USERPROFILE\Desktop\Show-UwpApps.ps1" and press enter).
    NOTICE: You will require elevated privileges to execute this script
    Powershell by default -- for security reasons -- restricts the execution of unsigned scripts by users.
    This can vary according to the IT security policy established by your organization. This will be made apparent by an error message that states, "(the script) cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system."

    In order to execute the script, you must override this behavior by executing the following command and re-executing the script:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted


    More information about this command is available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170

  4. The script will show a list of installed applications and arguments, like so:

  5. Open the Quicklaunch settings from the Full Screen View.
  6. In the "Options" sidebar on the right, select "Show Advanced Settings".
  7. Click on the "Actions" section, and then choose the Group name (ie.- Applications) from the drop-down menu in the middle.
  8. Click the "Actions" sub-section below the Group name, and you will see a list of application tiles currently configured for that Group.
  9. Add a new Application by clicking the "+" icon under the list of applications, and choose "Add Program".
  10. In "Name", enter "Sway".
    Optional -- Click on the "Icon Background" drop-down, and make the tile a color of 0/130/114 and transparency 255.
    In "Program Path", enter "%WINDIR%\explorer.exe"
    In "Arguments", enter the output from the Powershell associated with Sway, in this case "shell:appsfolder\Microsoft.Office.Sway_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microsoft.Sway"
    Check the box for "Start New Instance"
    Check the box for "From Catalog", and in "Icon Data" enter "Sway" to search for a suitable icon for Sway.


  11. Click "Save" at the bottom to save your application settings, and you should now see a new icon for Sway in the Applications group.