How To Quickly Find All Your Apps in Windows 8.1

One click takes you to all your apps

Windows 8.1 added a number of useful features and functionality to Windows 8.  While there were a number of ways to quickly access a list of all of your Windows 8 apps before, Windows 8.1 added a quick way to find all your apps from the Start Screen.  Want to know how, as well as ways you can sort all your apps?  Hit the jump for all the deets!

all your apps by name - all that nerdy stuffOn the start screen, near the lower left-hand corner, is a down arrow (see the featured pic at the top of this post.)  Just click on it with your mouse, or touch the arrow if you’re using a Surface or touch screen device, and you’ll immediately be taken to a list of all your apps, sorted “by name” (you can also swipe up on touch screen devices). For the most part this means alphabetically, but you’ll notice if you scroll to the left that certain apps will be grouped together after the end of the alphabet.  These include such groups as all of the Microsoft Office applications, Windows accessories, and Windows system tools.

Want to view the apps differently?  Windows 8.1 gives you four ways to view all your apps: by name, by date installed, by most used, and by category.

all your apps by date - all that nerdy stuffDate installed can be helpful if you’re looking for something you just installed on the computer, or if you’re wondering when you installed a program or app.  It doesn’t list specific dates, but includes time periods such as “last month” or “earlier this year.”

all your apps most used - all that nerdy stuffSorting apps by the most used category is great if you don’t want to scroll through the list to find something you use all the time.  Although, honestly, if you’re regularly using an app, you may want to just keep it open or learn how to pin it to your taskbar instead.  Yes, you can access apps from the desktop now!

all your apps by category - all that nerdy stuffApps by category uses a pre-set list of categories defined by Microsoft.  Some of these make sense, such as having all of the Microsoft Office applications under one category.  Others, such as “reference,” aren’t as useful, or may not contain what you’re looking for, especially if the app developer didn’t bother to specify the right category.  However, if you happen to have a lot of apps in a category such as “finance” or “health and fitness,” this is a great way to get them sorted together automatically, rather than grouping them yourself on the start screen.

Know any other interesting ways to engage with the All Apps list in Windows 8.x? Drop us a note in the comments and share your wisdom!




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