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Taskbar - Hide or Show Store Apps in Windows 8.1 Update


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Taskbar - Hide or Show Store Apps in Windows 8.1 Update
This will show you how to hide or show Store apps on the taskbar when open and not pinned, and to see the taskbar on Start screen, Apps screen, PC settings, and modern apps for only your user account in Windows 8.1 Update.
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How to Hide or Show Modern Store Apps on Taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update
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This will show you how to hide or show Store apps on the taskbar when open and not pinned, and to see the taskbar on Start screen, Apps screen, PC settings, and modern apps for only your user account in Windows 8.1 Update.
How to Hide or Show Modern Store Apps on Taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update


information   Information
The Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, now includes being able to Pin to Taskbar modern apps from the Store.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show Store apps on the taskbar when open and not pinned, and to see the taskbar on Start screen, Apps screen, PC settings, and modern apps for only your user account in Windows 8.1 Update.

Note   Note
You can press the :winkey: + T keys to open the taskbar.


If you set to hide Store apps on the taskbar, then you will be taken to the desktop when you open the taskbar instead of the taskbar showing on the modern screen or app, and modern apps not pinned to taskbar will not show on the taskbar when opened. The minimize bar in the new title bar for modern apps will be removed.

If you set to show Store apps on the taskbar, then the taskbar will also show at the bottom of modern screens and apps when opened, and modern apps will show on the taskbar when opened and/or pinned to taskbar. The minimize bar in the new title bar for modern apps will be restored.

App_Minimize_bar.jpg


Since the August 12th 2014 Windows Updates in Windows 8.1, the taskbar will on some PCs always show on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens if you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide and you open the Start screen by pressing the Start button on the taskbar while on your desktop. If you multiple screens, then this doesn't apply.

If you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide or you open the Start screen by pressing the Windows :winkey: key, you will not see the taskbar on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens unless you open the taskbar.

How to Open the Taskbar in Windows 8.1

warning   Warning
This will not work in previous versions of Windows 8 and 8.1.

It will only work in Windows 8.1 Update when released.


EXAMPLE: Show Apps on Taskbar and Taskbar on Start screen
Show_Apps_on_Taskbar.jpg
Start_screen_Taskbar.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Hide or Show Store Apps on Taskbar in Taskbar Properties

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Taskbar and Navigation Properties.​
2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Taskbar and Navigation icon, and go to step 4 below.​
3. On your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)​
Apps_on_taskbar-1.png

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.​
5. To Show Store Apps on the Taskbar
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) In the Taskbar tab, check the Show Store apps on the taskbar box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​

6. To Hide Store Apps on the Taskbar
A) In the Taskbar tab, uncheck the Show Store apps on the taskbar box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
Apps_on_taskbar-2.png









OPTION TWO
To Hide or Show Store Apps on Taskbar using a BAT File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

StoreAppsOnTaskbar DWORD

0 = Hide Store apps on taskbar
1 = Show Store apps on taskbar


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Show Store Apps on the Taskbar
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Show_Apps_On_Taskbar.bat
download

3. To Hide Store Apps on the Taskbar
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Hide_Apps_On_Taskbar.bat
download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop and run it.​
5. If prompted, click/tap on Run and Yes (UAC).​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
6. You will now notice your screen flash as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.​



That's it,
Shawn


 
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dannevada

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But where did the 'Show Windows Store Apps' go??

In both the multi and single screen modes of Task manager (as shown),
the selection for "Show Windows Store Apps" went away on me (different machine, I thought same win 8.1 level)?
was this moved?
thanks
 

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Brink

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Hello Dan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The Show Store apps on the taskbar option was added with the Windows 8.1 Update. If you don't have it, then check to make sure that all of your available Windows Updates are installed. You may need to check more then once after each time to make sure you have them all installed.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/25343-windows-update-check-install-windows-8-a.html

Afterwards, check to see if you have the option now. :)
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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