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How to disable or uninstall Windows 8.1 "Accessories" apps

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    windows 8.1

    How to disable or uninstall Windows 8.1 "Accessories" apps


    I am using Windows 8.1 pre-installed on a new laptop used mostly for business, and use a mouse, keyboard and graphics tablet. I find that frequently a "Windows Accessories" app Windows Journal for note-taking and handwriting conversion opens a new file for no apparent reason. I have had as many as 20 empty windows start) and want to disable this but can't find away to.

    When showing apps as tiles, there is no "uninstall" option for Windows category items (Accessories, Ease of Access, system) as far as I can see.

    In Control Panel / Programs & Features/ there is no Windows Accessories Item.

    In the Settings/PC settings/Search and Apps/App sizes only a couple of these "Accessories" are shown (e.g. Calculator and sound Recorder) but most others including Journal aren't.

    Is there any other way to disable or remove this app?

    Steve

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    What do you see when you right click the app/tile? Can you post a screen shot of the app/tile your talking about?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1


    Tried to upload a screenshot but it seems very too small. Image is 750x291 but only shows v small here??
    What I have at the bottom is Pin to start, pin to taskbar, open new window, run as admin and open file location
    Click image for larger version

    Thanks for your help, will be offline now as getting late here in the UK.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Is this screenshot like yours ?
    Yours was too small & fuzzy to tell.

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
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    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1


    Yes it is, sorry mine wasn't clear.
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  6. #6


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Last View Post
    Yes it is, sorry mine wasn't clear.

    About screenshots:

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

    Screenshot - Create with Paint in Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Steve, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The default programs (ex: Windows Journal) in Windows 8 cannot be uninstalled. Instead, you could remove anything you like from your Apps screen using an option in the tutorial below since they are just shortcuts on the Apps screen.
    I'm not sure why Windows Journal would open like that for you though. Does it happen after doing anything particular?
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    Posts : 4
    windows 8.1


    I think I've found the problem, there's a function button on the tablet that was pre-set to call the journal handwriting app, and I was sometimes running the mouse over it as I use the tablet as a mouse pad.
    Thanks for the help everyone.
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    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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