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How do you find and run programs in Windows 8?

PROBLEM:   there is no All Programs link in the Metro GUI in Windows 8 so how does one run a program that is not included by Microsoft on the Start Page, such as Google Chrome?
SOLUTION:   Right clicking on the Start screen displays a bar at the bottom with one link at the far right, "All Apps."   Clicking on this icon displayed most of the applications on my computer and provided most of the functionality of the old "All Programs" link.

For more Questions and Answers about Windows 8:   Windows 8 FAQ

For more info on Windows 8, check out this entry:    Review of Windows 8



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  1. if you are asking how to add programs to the tiled boxes currently available, here is what i’ve been doing … right click on an existing tile, select (from the bottom strip) ”open file location” and place a shortcut to the program into that folder

    getting to the ”all programs” more quickly can be accomplished by clicking ”Windows” (to get to Start), then ”Ctrl-Tab” … that sure beats bringing up the menu strip at the bottom of the screen, moving the mouse and clicking

    the reverse of all this works for reducing the long list of crap-o-la displayed — i used to find myself scrolling to the far right on either screen to fins the tile i wanted — right click and select (from bottom strip) Pin / Unpin / Uninstall to your hearts content. add tiles from the ”All” screen to the ”Start” screen quickly

    after discovering this trick i began removing nearly all the shortcuts from the various tiled menus, and arranging them as i wished

    hope this helps a little, and good luck !


  2. This is a list of my apps removed under a Win 8 refresh.
    See these factory installs? Micro Soft stuff? All gone
    Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin Adobe Systems Incorporated 11.7.700.169
    Adobe Flash Professional CS6 Adobe Systems Incorporated 12.0
    Adobe Help Manager Adobe Systems Incorporated 4.0.244
    Adobe Reader XI (11.0.02) Adobe Systems Incorporated 11.0.02
    Adobe Shockwave Player 12.0 Adobe Systems, Inc.
    Adobe Widget Browser Adobe Systems Incorporated. 2.0 Build 348
    AllShare Framework DMS Samsung 1.3.06
    AllShare Play Copyright 2013 SAMSUNG
    Allshare Play Link Samsung 1.0.0
    AllSharePlayLink Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 1.0.0
    CyberLink Power2Go 8 CyberLink Corp.
    CyberLink PowerDVD 10 CyberLink Corp. 10.0.4421.02
    Easy File Share Samsung Electronics CO.,LTD. 1.3.4
    E-POP Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 1.0.1
    ETDWare X64 ELAN Microelectronic Corp.
    Google Drive Google, Inc. 1.8.4357.4863
    Google Earth Google
    Help Desk Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 1.0.8
    Intel AppUp(SM) center Intel
    Intel(R) Manageability Engine Firmware Recovery Agent Intel Corporation
    Intel(R) Management Engine Components Intel Corporation
    Intel(R) Processor Graphics Intel Corporation
    Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Intel Corporation
    Intel(R) SDK for OpenCL – CPU Only Runtime Package Intel Corporation
    Java 7 Update 17 Oracle 7.0.170
    K-Lite Codec Pack 9.3.0 (Basic) 9.3.0
    Microsoft Office Microsoft Corporation 14.0.6120.5004
    Microsoft Silverlight Microsoft Corporation 5.1.20125.0
    Microsoft SkyDrive Microsoft Corporation 17.0.2003.1112
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU] Microsoft Corporation 3.1.0000
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Microsoft Corporation 8.0.61001
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) Microsoft Corporation 8.0.61000
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 9.0.30729.4148 Microsoft Corporation 9.0.30729.4148
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 9.0.30729.6161 Microsoft Corporation 9.0.30729.6161
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.17 Microsoft Corporation 9.0.30729
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.4148 Microsoft Corporation 9.0.30729.4148
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.6161 Microsoft Corporation 9.0.30729.6161
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable – 10.0.40219 Microsoft Corporation 10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable – 10.0.40219 Microsoft Corporation 10.0.40219
    Mozilla Firefox 20.0.1 (x86 en-US) Mozilla 20.0.1
    Mozilla Maintenance Service Mozilla 20.0.1
    Norton 360 Symantec Corporation
    Norton Online Backup Symantec Corporation
    NVIDIA Graphics Driver 305.46 NVIDIA Corporation 305.46
    NVIDIA PhysX System Software 9.12.0613 NVIDIA Corporation 9.12.0613
    Plants vs. Zombies PopCap Games
    Quick Starter Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 1.0.0
    Realtek High Definition Audio Driver Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Recovery Samsung Electronics CO., LTD.
    S Service Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 1.0
    Settings Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 2.0.0
    Support Center Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 2.1.40
    User Guide Samsung Electronics CO., LTD. 1.1.00
    Windows Driver Package – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (RadioHIDMini) HIDClass (07/27/2012 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 07/27/2012
    Windows Live Microsoft Corporation 16.4.3503.0728
    Xerox PhotoCafe Xerox
    Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:01 AM

  3. The point is, like where are my accessories, etc., normally found factory-installed on a Windows computer? Do i have to buy Paint and Calculator from the stupid app store?

    • Hi David,
      Go to the Start Windows; that is the new icon filled screen of Windows 8. If you are on the desktop just click on the Windows button. Once in the Start Window just starting typing the app you want, e.g. “Paint” or “Calculator”. You will see an app icon appear for that program. You can drag that app icon to the left of your Start Window so it is easily found again, or you can right click on the app icon to add it to the task bar on the Desktop. Basically any unoccupied area of the Start Window acts like the Search box in Windows 7. Hope this helps. – Richard

  4. What if you want to see all the programs so that you know what you have? I want to look at the list so I know what options I have to choose from… why should I have to guess what programs are there.. and I don’t know the names of the programs so how can I start typing what I want if I don’t know what I want.???? I want to see a list.. why is that so hard???

    • Hi Bill,

      A number of companies have created a replacement Start Button for Windows 8. I am using the free app “Start Menu X” which provides me with a Start button and an improvement on the old “All Programs” option. This app also, in it’s Options, allows you to skip the Windows 8 Start Screen and go immediately to the Desktop. If you don’t like this there are others like it. My thanks to the people at ordinarysoft.com! The link is:
      Good luck with W8.

      – Richard

  5. You could also right click (common function, even in the [not so]great windows xp) on the sceen with the apps and then click on the “all applications” button.
    There you are, all your apps, everything that is installed:)

    I know its SO hard to find but its there as there is mostly everything u need and more (win8 beats any windows and it beats mac on speed, not on usabillity which suxx).

    If you want something new and improved but stay with the old startmenu fell try this one start menu reviver.

    Its awesome, id use it if i wasnt totally okay with the normal UI on windows and windows server, i know my shortucts and theres always (still) the godmode link:)

    Good luck, enjoy the best windows out there.

  6. In addition, Microsoft iis no more saying anything abut Windows 8, though there has been an “(official) leak” on thhe topic.

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    Like Windows 7 supporting fingerprint logon, Windows 8 is said to support facial logon, according to the earlier rumors on internet.

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