the Windows 10 Start Menu presents a new All applications section that, by default, lists all applications installed on a user's PC. Although it is quite similar in name to the "All Programs" list of Windows 7 and before, the Windows 10 The list of all applications does not work in the same way. It does not allow the user to not add, remove or rearrange applications directly through the Start menu. Fortunately, there is a workaround that gives the user some of this functionality, although it does include some important caveats. With that said, here is how to add, remove and organize the All Apps list in Windows 10)
A Note: About Universal Apps
the Windows 10 The All apps list houses both traditional “desktop” and “universal” applications from Windows Store. Unfortunately, the steps outlined in this tip apply only to desktop apps and won't work with universal apps. You can still remove a universal app from the All apps list on the Start menu, but you will need to uninstall it completely (right-click the app entry on the Start menu and select Uninstall)
What are universal apps?
Microsoft has launched an initiative to make all applications on its different platforms universal. This implies that the applications in your Windows the computer will also be compatible with Xbox, Windows phones and tablets. The software can be downloaded mainly through the Microsoft Store.
Although this limitation is restrictive, the relatively good news is that users can re-download purchased applications from Windows Store at any time, so the process of recovering a universal app if you regret uninstalling it later shouldn't be a major issue. However, when it comes to desktop apps, the steps below demonstrate how, among other things, you can remove your icons from your All Apps list while keeping apps installed and fully functional.
Remove apps from the list of all apps
To remove a desktop application from Windows 10 List of all applications from the Start menu, first go to Home> All applications and find the application in question. Right click on your icon and select More> Open file location.
Note that you can only right-click on a request itself, and not a folder in which the application can reside. This doesn't mean you can't delete or modify folders in the All apps list (we'll show you how in a moment), but you'll need an icon for the specific app itself to get to the next step.
After clicking Open file location, a new File Explorer window will appear showing you the application shortcut. Depending on whether the application is available to all users or is limited to your own user account, you will see one of the following directories, respectively:
C: ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms
% appdata% MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms
Changes made to the content of these directories will be reflected in the All Applications list. For example, we want to remove Microsoft Access 2016 from our All apps list, but we don't necessarily want to uninstall the app. Following the previous steps, we can locate the Access 2016 shortcut in the corresponding “Programs” folder and delete it. When we reopen the All apps list from the Start menu, the Access 2016 entry won't show.
You can remove other apps, including folders, from File Explorer to get rid of unwanted apps that would otherwise mess up your All Apps list. Note: However, there are certain system files and entries that you can see in File Explorer but not in your All Applications list. It is better to leave only the entries that are not displayed in the All apps list in case Windows or other applications trust them.
Organize apps in the list of all apps
Rather than erasing Applications from the All Applications list, some users may prefer to organize their applications into folders; therefore, it reduces desktop clutter and makes it look more organized. This can be accomplished by repeating the steps above to find the location of the application shortcut. However, instead of deleting any application, you can create a new folder (or use an existing folder) and simply drag and drop the appropriate applications instead.
For example, all of our Adobe Creative Cloud applications are listed in the Top Level Programs folder, but we can move all of them to an “Adobe” folder to clear our list of All Applications while maintaining easy access to our Adobe applications.
The folders in the All apps list need not be limited to certain developers, of course. Users can create custom folders like "Games" or "Work" and fill them with the desired list of applications. You can also rename applications or folders in File Explorer and have the changes reflected in your All Applications list.
Once you have finished organizing your Start Menu in Windows 10, you will be able to search and find content and applications faster than ever.
Choose which apps to show on your start menu
There are apps that you want to be available on your start menu for easy access. There is a way to customize your Start Menu to show all available apps or just the ones you use most of the time. To do this, you must:
- Click on the Start menu.
- Go to settings.
- Click Personalization and adjust the settings you want to change.