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I managed to access Windows 8 All Apps menu by right clicking on empty area of Start page and clicking All Apps icon on pop up bar displayed in bottom. Is there a another (easy/direct) way to access this All Apps menu (which I can't seem to find)?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

In Windows 8.1, on the start screen press Ctrl+Tab.

Old answer, for Windows 8:

Win+Q will take you directly to All Apps menu. And then optionally press the Esc key to remove the search field. If you're not in Desktop mode or the Start Screen, you may have to press the Win button once before, so you don't start searching in the current app.

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Win+Q opens Search, which can be different depending on where you are. For example if you're in the music app it'll search for music, in the email one for emails, etc. – Xandy Oct 29 '12 at 15:50
@Xandy yes, so you may have to press Win button once first, same as for your Win+Z – Matsemann Oct 29 '12 at 15:51
+1 This is the best answer on here IMO. If I am on the desktop, this immediately takes me to the All Apps Menu. – ROFLwTIME Oct 29 '12 at 17:31
On Windows 8.1, this answer does not work. I suggest that the Accepted answer be changed to the one by @TheComposer. – SimonT Sep 15 '14 at 20:04
@SimonT yup, W8.1 changed how the search works. Before it used to show all installed applications when searching. – Matsemann Jan 14 '15 at 20:33

For that, you need to switch to the desktop either with a click on the Desktop tile in the Metro interface, or a tap on the Windows-key.

Right-click the desktop and select New > Shortcut. Enter the following in the "type the location of the item" field that opens up automatically.

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Click next, enter a name and then finish.

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What does 2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0 do and how does this get you to the All Apps in the Start Screen? – Tom Wijsman Oct 29 '12 at 15:42
@TomWijsman Microsoft employee – HackToHell Oct 29 '12 at 16:26
It's actually a CSLID located at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} that points to all apps – HackToHell Oct 29 '12 at 16:29
I prefer (my) keyboard way as a "Power user", but this is great to know as well. Will come in handy when configuring others' computers. – Matsemann Oct 29 '12 at 17:33

Press the Win key and then press CtrlTab.

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Other than that I don't think there's a faster way. I mean you could press Win to get to the Start screen, then Win+Z to show the App bar and Enter to show all the applications, which may be faster through the keyboard only.

Via keyboard shortcuts you may get to search for an application pressing Win and then Win+Q, Esc or click in a blank space to hide the search part.

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Press a key to start searching for something and then remove that search term by pressing backtrace, so Any key + Backspace might give you the full application list.

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