How to Organize the All Apps List on Windows 8 & 8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - June 19, 2014

The new start screen in Windows 8 & 8.1 may seem to be cluttered when more apps are installed onto your PC. As a result, you may be difficult to quickly find out your required apps. With this in mind, it is suggested that you organize the App List properly so that you can find any programs in short time.

To organize the App List and remove some seldom used programs from the list, you need to access Start Menu Folder that contains all apps’ shortcuts. As Windows puts the Start Menu shortcuts in two different places, you have to modify the two different folders to organize your Start Menu.


Obviously, figure 1 looks messier than figure 2.

Here are two different locations for the two different folders. The previous one is specific to the system. And the latter is just for your user account.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Of course, you can access the system one by right clicking a certain program icon on the App list and selecting Open file location.
open file location1

After accessing the Start Menu folder, you can manager the folders just like other folders. For instance, you want to put all your utilities into a Utilities category. You can create a new folder named Utilities, and then place the shortcuts you want to add, and remove the existing shortcuts.

When you go to the App List, you can find that the shortcuts placed into the Utilities folder appear under a heading with the folder’s title.

It is a pity that the Windows Store apps can’t be removed from the all App List by default. The only way is that you need to uninstall the apps from your PC by right clicking them and select Uninstall.

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