Where are all the programs? Here’s how to find programs in Windows 8

Written by: Dogar Sahab - Published: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - Comments

If you are having problems finding all your programs, read this tutorial to learn how to find all of your Windows 8 apps, programs, tools


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Microsoft Windows 8 comes with the streamlined, touch-friendly Metro User Interface. Metro UI replaces Windows start button and menu with a grid of tiles. If you are new in Windows 8, you must have seen that the installed programs are not appearing in the start menu, which was there till Windows 7. The Metro UI tiles launch software.

If you want to find out the shortcuts of the installed programs to access them, then read the instructions below.

Finding Programs (UI: Developer Preview Very Similar To Consumer Preview)

1. First switch to Metro user interface by pressing Windows button.

Metro UI

2. See the bottom right corner of Metro user Interface .You will see a Rightward Arrow icon there. Click on that icon quite a few times till your program icon appears on the screen.

Click On Arrow

3. If you want to open the program normally, then just left click on that icon.

Click On icon

But if you want to open the program with Administrative privilege,then Right click on it. Now click on Advanced and select Run as Administrator.

Run Program As Administrator

Now the program will be opened with administrative privilege.

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4 Responses

  1. Herb said:

    This procedure may work on your PC, but it doesn’t work on mine. I have used every version of Windows since it was introduced and this is the worse version ever released. I think MS owes it to its customers to lift its 90 day help period as it will take far longer than 90 days to get it operational. It’s almost impossible to get anything to work as described!

  2. bryan said:

    Herb. I’m sure you complain about anything new that comes out. Unfortunately companies need to advance and change with the times otherwise they die out. Today’s market and the future is tablets and smart phones and that’s where they are moving to. They are trying to make everything uniform so you don’t have other people complaining that they have to learn different versions of software to run their tablet and computer. So either evolve and learn or get yourself to the retirement home.

  3. chris said:

    bryan you are an idiot

  4. Joe said:

    I want to copy Turbotax.exe to my laptop so I can work on my taxes while out of state. How do I locate the .EXE program to copy to a UBL drive so I can load to my laptop. All I can find are the shortcut icons which do not function to use on my laptop. How do I search in Windows 8 to find a program? Not the shortcut icon but the actual executable file.

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