How to Install Apps from the Windows Store in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

When you’re tired of the apps bundled with Windows 10 or you need a new app to fill a special need, follow these steps to bring one into your computer.

  1. Click the Start button and open the Store app from the Start menu.


    The Store app jumps to the screen, as shown here. You can also click the Store app (shown above) from the taskbar that always runs along the bottom of your screen.

    The Store app lets you download free, trial, or paid apps to launch from your Start menu.
    The Store app lets you download free, trial, or paid apps to launch from your Start menu.

    The Store opens to show its Spotlight category, where Microsoft highlights a few chosen apps. Beneath that, the Picks For You section suggests apps you may be interested in, based on your past downloads.

    To see more, point near the Store app’s right edge, and a scroll bar appears. Drag the little box down the scroll bar to see the top few apps in each category: Top Free Apps, Best-Rated Apps, New and Rising Apps, Top Free Games, Top Paid Games, Best Rated Games, and more.

  2. To narrow your search, choose a category by clicking its name.

    Save some time by clicking the App Top Charts button. (The mouse points to it in the preceding figure.) Click an interesting free app and, when the Free button appears, click it to get the hang of the process. (Similarly, to buy a paid app, click the button that lists its price.)

  3. Search for a particular app by typing a keyword into the Search box in the upper-right corner and pressing Enter.

    Didn’t find the right app? Then head for the Search box, which lives in the store’s upper-right corner. Shown here, the Search box narrows down the apps by a keyword.

    Type a keyword in the Search box to see relevant apps.
    Type a keyword in the Search box to see relevant apps.

    Like the Store app, almost all searchable apps include a built-in Search box, which appears in their upper-right corner.

  4. Sort the listed apps by subcategory, price, and relevance.

    After searching for games, for example, you can sort by the games that appear by subcategory, perhaps limiting them to show only Card games.

    The Refine pane lets you sort apps by other criteria, including Top Free, Top Paid, Best-Rated, Top-Grossing, and New and Rising.

  5. Click any app to read a more detailed description.

    A page opens to show more detailed information, including its price tag, pictures of the app, reviews left by previous customers, and more technical information.

  6. Click the Free or Price button.

    When you find a free app that you can’t live without, click the Free button. To buy a paid app, click the button bearing its price tag. The price will be charged to the credit card linked to your Microsoft account. If you haven’t yet entered a card, Microsoft walks you through the process.

    Whether you install a free or a paid app, the new app appears on your Start menu’s alphabetical All Apps list as quickly as your Internet connection speed allows.

To copy an app from the All Apps list to a front-page Start menu tile, right-click the app’s name and choose Pin to Start.