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How Do I Find My Programs in Windows 8?

The absence of the Start button will cause a little confusion to first time Windows 8 users.  I was quickly able to find how to access much of what I wanted in Windows 8, but one thing that concerned me was how to find my programs. In Windows 7 I would click on the Start button and then All Programs. Then, there in all their neglected glory was a list all my programs I had installed over the years (most of them unused or used only once). In windows 8 I struggled to find that list of programs. Of course I could use the very powerful Search feature of Windows 8 to find a program.

Finding a List of Installed Programs in Windows 8 Using Search

1. Press Windows C to bring up the Charms menu and then select Search.

2. In Search I could type in the name of the program I am looking for and a link to that program will appear.

The problem with this is that I have to know the name of the program I am looking for. As I mentioned above many of the programs I have installed I use rarely and often forget their names. Still, I want to know I can find them in the event I may want to use them. How do I find a list such as in the All Programs list I could get in Windows 7? The answer is actually simple, although it took me a little research to run into the answer.

Finding a List of Installed Programs in Windows 8

1. From your Start screen right-click on the desktop.

2. Click on the All Apps button that appears in the bottom right corner. And there in an alphabetical list are all the programs that you have installed on your computer. It begins with a list of the applications that have been pinned to your Start screen, but as you scroll to the right you will see all the others.

Pin a Program to the Start Screen

  1. From this list of installed programs you can easily pin a program to the Start screen.
  2. Right-click on the desired program
  3. Select Pin To Start from the menu that pops up at the bottom of your screen. There are many other options there also. The program will then appear on your Start screen . You may have to scroll to the right to find it. However, if you want the program in a more prominent position you can drag and drop it anywhere on your Start screen that you like.

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