Shortcut to apps RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is there a keyboard shortcut from say desktop or within an application to the apps list?  Ctrl + tab takes you there from the start screen. Can you go direct to 'all apps' in a single step??

    Viv Haig

    Monday, February 15, 2016 10:21 AM


  • Hi Viv Haig,

    Based on your description, it seems that there is no keyboard shortcut from say desktop or within an application to the apps list.

    However, as a workaround, we could try to create direct shortcut to go to “All Apps” page and pin it to taskbar. Please try the steps below.

    1.  Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Windows\System32 folder and you'll get "Search.scf" file after scrolling down a bit. Alternatively you could open "System32" folder directly by providing System32 command in RUN dialog box.

    2.  If you double-click on Search file, it'll launch All Apps page.

    3.  To create a shortcut, right-click on it and select "Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut)" option.

    4.  That's it. It'll place a direct shortcut on Desktop. You could rename it to your desired name.

    Please refer to the link:

    Create Direct Shortcut to “All Apps” Page of Windows 8 Start Screen and Pin it to Taskbar: http://www.askvg.com/create-direct-shortcut-to-all-apps-page-of-windows-8-start-screen-and-pin-it-to-taskbar/

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    Best Regards,


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    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:41 AM