25 Mar Top Tip – Windows 10’s Secret Apps View
How do you check to see what apps you have installed on your Windows 10 computer? Your first port of call might be the Start menu and look at what is showing (don’t do this – Its not at all accurate). While this might seem logical approach due to there being an ‘All Apps’ entry at the bottom of your start menu.
If you’ve spent any time working with Windows File Explorer you’ll know that there are numerous views to choose from, and of course different views suit different tasks. What you might not know is that there’s a secret Apps View which is great for not only showing you what you have installed, but also makes it easy to perform actions such as pinning items to your Start menu or just uninstalling apps you don’t want (if you bought an off the shelf PC you’ll almost certainly want to do this to get rid of all the ‘helpful free software’).
There are two ways to access this view:
- The first option is to open up File Explorer and type Shell:AppsFolder in to the Path bar before hitting Enter.
- Alternatively, call up the Run dialog by pressing the Windows key and R at the same time, type Shell:AppsFolder, and press Enter.
Right click any of the apps you see listed and you can then pin to the Start menu, pin to the taskbar or just uninstall them. It’s much easier than using the Start menu!