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Latest incarnation of Office 2016 home and business cannot find shortcuts RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am an IT person and today I configured a new Dell Optiplex with Office 2016 home and business with an account and cannot find the Office shortcuts for Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint.

    I can launch the apps from the start menu and pin the apparent icons to the task bar, but when I go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, there are no shortcuts for Office 2016.

    So I started a windows explorer search and found word in this weird location:

    C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Office.Desktop.Word_16010.9029.2253.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Office16

    If I try to execute it and  I get a permission error.

    There is also a winword.exe without icon located at  C:\Users\administrator\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Office.Desktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe for every user.

    In this folder I find outlook.exe, excel.exe, msaccess.exe, mspub.exe, powerpnt.exe, I am confused.

    In the past I used to copy the Office shortcuts in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs to C:\Users\Public\Desktop so that every user would get their Office shortcuts on the desktop.

    Why is Microsoft taking this sick approach?

    How can I create shortcuts for Office 2016 now? What if I want to use a windows group policy to push the shortcuts for the users on their desktop in my active directory network?

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks

    Best regards

    Alfred56





    • Edited by alfred56 Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:11 PM
    Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:08 PM

Answers

  • Hello Alfred,


    The Windowsapps folder is the location where apps from the Windows Store get installed. So I assume it got installed through the Windows Store.

    If you want to create shortcuts for Apps from the Windows Store, you can use a workaround:

    1. Open your file explorer

    2. Paste the following in the address bar: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

    3. Create the shortcut for the apps you want.


    Please remember to mark the post(s), which answered your question.

    • Marked as answer by alfred56 Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:59 PM
    Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:23 PM

All replies

  • Hello Alfred,


    The Windowsapps folder is the location where apps from the Windows Store get installed. So I assume it got installed through the Windows Store.

    If you want to create shortcuts for Apps from the Windows Store, you can use a workaround:

    1. Open your file explorer

    2. Paste the following in the address bar: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

    3. Create the shortcut for the apps you want.


    Please remember to mark the post(s), which answered your question.

    • Marked as answer by alfred56 Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:59 PM
    Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:23 PM
  • Hello Alfred,


    The Windowsapps folder is the location where apps from the Windows Store get installed. So I assume it got installed through the Windows Store.

    If you want to create shortcuts for Apps from the Windows Store, you can use a workaround:

    1. Open your file explorer

    2. Paste the following in the address bar: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

    3. Create the shortcut for the apps you want.


    Please remember to mark the post(s), which answered your question.

    Hi HardcoreCheese,

    thanks indeed, top solution.

    The office suite was preinstalled on the computer and did not realize was a Windows Store app.

    In the future I will download a click-to-run version.

    Best regards

    Alfred56

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:03 PM