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Huge crowded All Apps screen? A Tip.

  1. #1


    South Coast NSW, Australia
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    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).

    Huge crowded All Apps screen? A Tip.


    I've noticed many comments relating to the All Apps screen being too large with too many icons/tiles, meaning the user has to scroll for miles to get to the right-hand end. This turns many off using it, instead of the Start screen, as a Start menu, despite it being arguably far superior.

    Limited customising options for the All Apps screen also makes it hard to cull these unwanted entries.

    "Apps" Screen - Add or Remove Items in Windows 8

    Oh, and do back the Programs folder up first, in case you make a mistake.

    I reduced the length and clutter of my All Apps screen by over 50% using this method. See below.

    Hope some of you may find this to be of some help.


    Wenda.


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    Last edited by Brink; 09 Apr 2014 at 19:15. Reason: added tutorial link for more info

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    There is stuff in "C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\" too. I've been doing this for a while, getting rid of all the readme's etc. I like to remove the uninstall shortcuts too, it saves that accidental click. I'd just as soon uninstall from control panel anyway. I originally found those locations while searching for the "Startup" folders. The nag to register my Logitech device was getting to a pain.
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  3. #3


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Yes, Alphanumeric, you are correct re the entries under Users, but (in my case at least) it contained very few entries, none of which I desired to get rid of. This is why I didn't think to mention it.

    Sorry...

    Cheers!

    Wenda.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No need to be sorry. Like you said, most of the shortcuts are in the other location. I wasn't sure that you knew of both so I posted the second one.
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just don't delete some of these, especially the Store which is a live link, it'll cause problems:

    Attachment 41235
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    64-bit Windows 10


    In addition, to make the app tiles smaller or larger on the Apps screen.

    Apps Screen - Show More Apps in Windows 8.1 Update
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I only nuke the useless shortcuts for readme's etc. Still it doesn't hurt to advise some caution. If there was a delete option instead of the uninstall you wouldn't have to go hunting for the shortcuts in the first place.
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  8. #8


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Yes, I've left all of those alone.

    I found that it was programs etc that I'd installed myself that were causing most of the clutter, so got rid of a lot of that.

    But the stuff Windows installs by default, I left alone.

    Perhaps I should have added a rider: Do not attempt this unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing.


    Wenda.
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yeah, its installed programs that create most of the clutter. Readme's, web link's to the authors site, help files, etc.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Bare minimum Apps Screen. Everything else resides on the task bar, in the Startup folder or is launched from the right click context menu.

    Attachment 41240

    (The system icons were moved to an auxiliary folder within the System Folder)
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