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How do I find and open Programs?

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    How do I find and open Programs?


    The only thing I can find is right clicking the start button and clicking programs, but all this does is bring up the uninstall screen, which has no option for simply opening programs. I need a start button like on Seven. Windows 8.1 is what I have

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Classic Shell:

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    Choose display as menu for all.

    Start button:

    Click image for larger version

    Download your own Start Orbs to get a custom Start Button.

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Mar 2014 at 12:46. Reason: merged
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bill, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, your installed programs will be listed on your Apps and Start screens.

    "Start" Screen - Open in Windows 8

    Apps Screen - Open in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Davis, the Classic shell link did not open. Is this a download that makes 8.1 easier to find things.

    Shawn, I still have no idea where to get to the Programs list other thant the uninstall list
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
    Davis, the Classic shell link did not open. Is this a download that makes 8.1 easier to find things.

    Shawn, I still have no idea where to get to the Programs list other thant the uninstall list
    don't right the start button left click it.
    classic shell is a 3rd party program that will change win8 to act and look like win7,and the link works fine for me ,what browser are you using
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
    Davis, the Classic shell link did not open. Is this a download that makes 8.1 easier to find things.

    Shawn, I still have no idea where to get to the Programs list other thant the uninstall list
    The link works for me.
    It gives back the classic start menu as in my screen shots.

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

    Try the top & bottom link.
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    Thanks. Downloading it now.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Good.
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    Welcome to Windows EightForums, billberry12.

    I would suggest you follow Shawn’s suggestions with his tutorials to learn the new system and then decide otherwise. I feel you’ll never learn the real beauty of the system unless you try. It really is a great system.
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  10. #10


    Thanks. You saved me. Why would Microsoft make an OS that is so hard to figure out.
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