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How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

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Rob Waggoner


Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View,  I get the Customize View.  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1?

A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional “swipe from the bottom of the screen” still gives you the Customize View choice.  You also get the Customize View when you right click on the Start Screen.  Think of the swipe from the bottom as the Right Click without the mouse.    To access the All Apps View you start your swipe in the center of the screen (as opposed to the bottom of the screen) and swipe up.  From the All Apps View, you can get get back to the start screen by swiping down.



Until next time,



  • THANK YOU!!! This was driving me CRAZY!!!

  • Wow Man you are a freaking genius. As Brad said I was going nuts figuring out why it was not working. Thanks for your help.

    P.S: I just downloaded Windows 8.1 update. It looks great.

  • That wasn't working for me on desktop, but I did notice a small arrow pointing upward under the far left column in the metro home screen, clicking that arrow took me to the previous "All Apps" view.

  • AAAAHHHHHH Thank you so much!!!!  It was staring to DRIVE ME NUTS!  Well, until I found your blog.  Thanks.

  • This does not work for me! It is driving me 1" bar. I am so frustrated. Been trying to get it to work for 2 hours so far!

  • I'm using a mouse no touch screen doesn't work.

  • Four mouse users without a touch screen: Hover mouse over lower LHS of screen (square icons desktop view whatever its called!), click on the vertical arrow button that appears.


  • This is the dumbest thing I have every seen.  I'm selling my brand new Lenovo Yoga and converting to Mac.  

    I've had it.  This is the worst OS I have ever used.

  • This was very helpful, thanks

  • ultimate.... Thanks a lot!!!

  • Thanks for the info. " converting to Mac." It's sad to see how desperate the Apple trolls are with their made up stories. "Everyone will switch to Mac, Windows 8 will be a failure" they claimed, then in just 6 months the Windows 8 userbase rivalled that of every version of Mac OS out there. Because it's not like Apple's OSs use icons, complex multitouch gestures, or swipes - oh wait. If you're going to troll, at least try to make some coherent argument.

  • For mouse users, simply move the mouse towards the bottom left of the start screen, and click the down arrow that appears.

  • Its just awful... give me windows 7. I have a desktop, I want it to be a desktop. and hell no I don't want to pay a grand for a mac who can't figure out maximizing windows properly. Give me windows 7 with an app store and fast boot up that's all!

  • I was going crazy trying to get the "all apps" to appear, I was only getting "costomize", thanks to you and all those people putting these "tricks" available to us...

  • Hahahah... Thanks! Now why didn't I think of that? ;)

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