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Windows 10: Find Apps by First Letter from Start Menu

Windows Phone has a handy feature that lets you can find an app you need by selecting the first letter of what you’re looking for. This saves you time since you’re not scrolling through a long list of apps – especially if you’re using the phone with one hand.

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Search apps by first name in Windows Phone

This feature has been brought to the Start menu in Windows 10 for PCs, too. Here’s a look at how it works.

Windows 10 Start Menu

Open the Start menu and tap or click All Apps.

Start Menu Windows 10

That brings up the long list of apps installed on your system. To narrow down what you’re looking for, click or tap any letter from the list.

That brings up a full menu of all the letters in the alphabet and includes symbols and numbers for the oddball app names like 7zip. Select the letter or number of the app you’re looking for, in this case I am using the letter M.

The result is you’re brought directly to the list of apps that start with the letter you selected.

It’s also worth noting that this type of feature is available in Windows 8.1 with the Start screen in a different interface as you can see in the shot below, but the results are similar. It also provides a “no-frills” view of just your desktop programs alphabetical order.

For more on that, read our article on how to find apps by first name in Windows 8.1.

The interface for the feature in Windows 8.1 is much different

One of the most anticipated features returning to Windows 10 is the Start menu. While it’s not exactly like the Windows 7 Start menu, it’s easy to get acclimated to and it has a lot of useful features.

Check out a couple of other neat features available in the Windows 10 Start menu by clicking one of the articles below.

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One Response to Windows 10: Find Apps by First Letter from Start Menu

  1. Randy June 25, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Great tip Brian! Thanks.

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