How to View and Manage All Windows 8 Programs and Apps

If you’re new to Windows 8, figuring out how to find all of your desktop programs and apps isn’t intuitive. Here’s how in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

If you’re new to Windows 8, figuring out how to find all of your desktop programs and apps isn’t intuitive. Here’s a look at how to do it in Windows 8 and the upcoming upgrade — Windows 8.1.

Update: Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the changes of the new Windows 8.1 OS

Search Apps and Programs

If you’re on the desktop, hit the Windows Key on your keyboard to get to the Start screen and start typing in the name of the app you’re looking for. The Apps Search box will automatically open.


Then you’ll see a list of the desktop and/or modern-style apps listed under the results.


Display All Apps

If you want an easy list to see everything, right-click on the Start menu and select the All Apps icon in the lower right corner. In fact, this is the perfect way to get a missing app tile back on the desktop or Start screen.

All Apps

Show All Apps in Windows 8.1

The new version of Windows — Windows 8.1 currently in Public Beta — makes accessing all of your apps at one time much easier. For example, from the Start screen, either swipe down on your screen. Or, on a traditional PC or laptop, click the down arrow.

Windows 8.1 Down

That will display all of your desktop programs and modern-style apps in alphabetical order.

all apps listed alphabetical

Or you can click the dropdown menu and sort them by different categories that are easiest for you.

Apps by Category

Also, remember that you can organize the Start screen to list desktop programs first if you’re working on the desktop most of the time on a traditional PC without a touchscreen. For more, check out our article: How To Make the Modern Interface Less Annoying. And don’t forget you can use the same menu to make Windows 8.1 to boot straight to the desktop.


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  1. Bruce

    January 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hey Brian…tried to log in and email address doesn’t work…(;-((

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