Windows 8.1 Tips: Learn to deal with the All Apps screen

Windows 8.1 Tips: Learn to deal with the All Apps screen

Speaking of the All Apps view, you’d better learn to deal with it. As mentioned, only so many apps fit on the taskbar. The Start screen isn’t limited in the same way– but you shouldn’t overuse Live Tiles either. The Start screen can be a useful interface when confined to your most-used apps, but if you populate it with hundreds of tiles, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. That means that to quickly find your less-used apps, you’ll need to remember the specific name so you can quickly search, or get comfortable sifting through the All Apps screen.

To access All Apps, either swipe up from the bottom of the Start screen, or, if you’re using a mouse, click the downward-pointing arrow in the bottom left. Apps can be sorted several ways, including by name, installation date, usage, and category (i.e. desktop vs. Modern).

Look for new apps — they don’t show up by themselves.




Windows 8.1 Update points the user to newly-installed apps.



Windows 8.1 Update points the user to newly-installed apps.

When you install new Windows Store apps, they automatically show up in the All Apps view but not on the Start screen or taskbar. Luckily, Windows 8.1 Update includes several visual cues to help you find newly-installed titles. A notification briefly pops into the top-right corner once the app has finished downloading, for example. Another notification appears in the bottom-left corner, near the “All Apps” arrow, until the user opens the app.