Quickest way to get to application list in Windows 8

Quickest way to get to application list in Windows 8

By Dave Taylor

The Question:Okay, I accept that without a third party add-on I’m never going to see my beloved Start Menu again. I can adjust. But is there at least a simple way to get to my full app or application list from the Start Screen in Win8?

Dave’s Answer:

The user experience in Windows when you switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is pretty radical. It’s like going from a desktop to, well, a tablet computer, and that’s no accident because the entire interface experience seems to have been designed for touch screens and tablet computrs, not laptops, desktops and devices with mice and trackpads. On a tablet, the Start Screen is definitely easier to work with than the tiny entries of a start menu.

But what about all of us who don’t have a tablet and either don’t have or don’t need to slavishly use our touchscreens if we have mice, trackpads and keyboards available? The answer is mostly “tough luck” from Microsoft. I mean, sure, the 8.1 “preview release” includes a start button, but let’s be clear: all it does is flip you to the Start Screen. It doesn’t reintroduce the start menu.

Third party solutions offer ways to get around this limitation if you’re so inclined, like Classic Start Menu. Suddenly WIndows 8 isn’t quite so bad.

You want to just jump into the new interface world, however, and I can appreciate that! The problem is, there really isn’t any easy way to flip directly to the Applications view. No keyboard shortcut (wouldn’t Windows+A make sense?), nothing.

There is, however, one little trick…

How to Continued Here

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7 thoughts on “Quickest way to get to application list in Windows 8”

  1. And I forgot the other easy way to get to All Apps. Right click in the Start screen and select All Apps on the lower right.

  2. Umm… Windows key + Q.

    I believe the down arrow is only in the 8.1 release which is not available until October 12. I’ve resisted downloading the preview release.

  3. I don’t have a down arrow in the bottom left-hand corner of my Windows 8 Start screen, either on my PC or laptop. Where did you get that from?

    1. I don’t have that arrow either. What version of Win 8 is that? The easiest way to see all apps is to right click anywhere in the empty area of the start screen t0 reveal the “all apps” icon on the bottom right hand side.

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