how to show all programs, windows 8

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   I have just got into window 8 from window XP. problem is that I cannot find programs from start. this programs had programs like accessories like calculator,  note pad, painter , ms word etc. please help. Ashi Suri

 

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Hi Ashi,

 

Thank you for upgrading to Windows 8. I see that you want to know where some of the basic applications are.

 

To show all apps,

1.You can press the Windows key to bring up the Start screen and then just type the name of the program you want to use.

 

2.You can also right click while on the Start screen and select "All Apps" on the bottom pane to show all the apps.

 

You can use this article to get to know Windows 8 better.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/basics#1TC=t1

 

Feel free to use the forum for any other Windows questions you may have.


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Hi,

 

 

Two locations...

 

 

One for logged in User...

C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

 

 

Another for others...

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

 

 

The Win 7 type Start Menu sometimes combined files from both in it's All Programs list.

 

You can make a shortcut to your desktop.

 

You may have to "Show Hidden Files and Folders" to find Program Data

 

 

Also, StarDock has an app called Start 8 for $5 that restores the Win 7 style start start button and features. It will also bypass the start screen and go directly to the desktop should you so choose.

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programs like accessories like calculator,  note pad, painter , ms word etc.


Just where you imagined them to be, grouped under the label Windows Accessories.   Unfortunately there is no easy way to find that category using the keyboard--you need to use your eyes to find it.   E.g.  a keyboard user would see it by pressing Win, Win-Z, Enter and then, if necessary, Ctrl--  In fact, from that view you could press  CursorRight a few times and then press Enter and be returned with keyboard focus where your eye might have landed after the first Enter.

 

Touch users on the other hand only have to get into the Start Screen (swipe from the right and tap), swipe up, tap, pinch (extra hard) and then they can see it.   So intuitively obvious.  So useful.   ;  }

 

 
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Hi All,

From the Start Screen - Right Click then on lower right - All Apps - Windows Accessories>

In the Windows Store there is a free program called "Windows 8 Cheat Keys" which is a good
tutorial especially for those without a Touch Screen. It would be even better if it were inteactive
so that clicking on a "Hotkey" description would also perform that function.

I keep a text file of Windows 8 Hotkeys on the Desktop which is handy. Too bad that is also not
interactive. It is 8-Keys and is accessible on my SkyDrive.

My SkyDrive
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=9ac481c015daee85&sc=documents&id=9AC481C015DAEE85%21125

Sure which some enterprising programmer would create a combination of "Windows 8 Cheat Keys"
and 8-keys so the actions would run from both the Start Screen as an App and from the DeskTop as a
an Application.

Rob - SpiritX



 
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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I note that C:\Program Files is still in Windows 8.
It seems that Program Files is laid out like in all the previous versions of Windows.

So one option is, I can create one .HTM file with links to all the executable files in Program Files and click on the links to get to the various programs. The .HTM file will show up in the default browser and I can organize it and have the title be All Programs since Windows 8 doesn't do that for me.

Thanks.
George

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I enjoy the fact that not only do your instructions not work, the link you show here is invalid. I am quickly becoming disenchanted with the software I bought (which, btw, I am on the countdown to renewal, but have been unable to use to date). I can get no help through the online chat and the telephone lines are bogged down. Is there ANYONE that can help me find where my blasted program is so I can use it? I know I successfully downloaded it, I just can find it!!!! 

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Hi,

See my reply above in this thread.

While on the Start Screen type - Help

Or Win Key + Q = Search Apps - Help

Or Charms Menu - Search - Apps - Help

After any of the above -> On left click -> Help and Support.

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Windows 8 Solution Center - on left side - Learn more
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/windows-8

Meet Windows - A beautiful Start
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet

Get to know Windows
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/basics#1TC=t1

How-to : Get to know Windows
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows/how-to#2TC=windows8

Touch : swipe, tap, and beyond
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/touch-swipe-tap-beyond

A pretty handy free App available from the Windows Store - Top Free is
"Windows 8 Cheat Keys".
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/windows-8-cheat-keys/24f62990-98c7-4c26-95cb-cb09267680e8

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There is no Start Button or Start Menu in Windows 8.

Where is the Start menu?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/where-is-start-menu


Customize the Start Screen
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/start-screen#1TC=t1

Windows 8 does not have the Classic look available.

3rd party programs can help :

StarDock - Start8 - is $4.99 US
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Free

Classic Shell
http://www.classicshell.net/

Pokki
https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu

Hope this helps.


Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right!

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Go to Metro interface.  Touch center of screen and swipe up. Sort by Category.  Now it's just like the start menu with the apps grouped by program.  This took care of the frustration I was having.  With a mouse, there is an arrow in the lower left corner of the screen that gives you the same access.

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Try right clicking the task bar, add a new toolbar, and point at this folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Replace C with whatever drive you happen to have Windows installed at.


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