How to Find a 8 Windows Start Screen App or Program

By Andy Rathbone

You can scroll through the Windows 8 Start screen until your eagle-eyes spot the tile you need, and then you can pounce on it with a quick mouse click or finger tap. But when the thrill of the hunt wanes, Windows 8 offers several shortcuts for finding apps and programs hidden inside a tile-stuffed Start screen.

When searching for a particularly elusive app or program, try these tricks:

  • Mouse users can right-click on a blank portion of the Start screen. A bar rises from the screen’s bottom showing an icon named All Apps (shown in the margin). Click the All Apps icon to see an alphabetical listing of all your computer’s apps and programs. Click the desired app or program to open it.

  • While looking at the Start screen, keyboard owners can simply begin typing the name of their desired app or program, like this: facebook. As you type, Windows 8 lists all the apps matching what you’ve typed so far, eventually narrowing down the search to the runaway.

  • On a touchscreen, slide your finger up from the screen’s bottom. When the bottom menu appears, tap the All Apps icon to see an alphabetical list of all your apps and programs.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.