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EDIT - This is about the app shortcuts, NOT Start menu tiles. See attachment

I just formatted by laptop and installed Windows 8.1 Pro x64 a week ago. I am already regretting the "upgrade" -- I cannot find a quick way to manually sort/move the Start>Apps shortcuts.

The following applications are listed in ABC order by starting letter (A*, B*...) preinstalled shortcuts, Store apps, Lenovo update service, Firefox, and Thunderbird

The rest of my applications are grouped by folder, as they would appear in Program Files (x86). This includes: Chrome, Steam, Intel, Windows Accessories...

QUESTIONS: (1) Is it possible to ungroup these shortcuts and alphabetize them as the first set of apps are? OR group ALL apps to my liking? (Group Mozilla, Windows Store, Win8-only apps...) (2) Can I add my own shortcuts to the Apps menu? (for example, Snip-it is an accessory but not listed with the others.)

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Just drag and drop tiles. You couldn't "sort" them in Windows 8.0 either. You can get a list sorted if you use the arrow on the Start screen. You can add any shortcut to the start screen. –  Ramhound May 21 at 1:16
    
@Ramhound thank you for the help, but I do not need help with tiles. Rather, I attached an image of my screen in my 2nd edit. –  onebree May 22 at 1:51
    
Sadly I think the only thing you can do is change the way it's sorted. If you click right beside "Apps" there's a drop down where you could sort by name, usage, installed and category. –  Eric Robinson May 22 at 2:41
    
The screenshot does not clarify the problem. Those are still tiles by the way. The view in the screenshot shows everything. This means folders, files, applications, and Windows Store apps will be listed. –  Ramhound May 22 at 10:50
    
Why are Store apps (Kinectimals, Khan Academy, OneDrive, etc) alphabatized by letter, where all other apps are organized by Program Files folder? How can I drag/move Firefox and Thunderbird to be under a MOZILLA folder? Does it depend on their directory paths? –  onebree May 23 at 2:55

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Windows key + R
%programdata%

Then navigate through Microsoft, Windows, Startmenu, Programs

Re arrange and rename what ever you like then sort by Letter

RichieJSY

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Thank you. That's prefect. I'll pass this along as I'm sure it'll help a lot of people –  onebree Aug 11 at 15:37
    
And how is this the correct answer? What you say works only in File Explorer. It doesn't impact the filters available in the Apps View and how shortcuts are displayed there. –  Corporate Geek Aug 14 at 13:42

The list of shortcuts you are referring to is named the Apps View. To arrange the items it displays in a different way, you can only use the filters that are available near the word Apps.

You can arrange apps and desktop programs by name, the date when they were installed, how often you are using them and by category.

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The trouble with this view is that these filters work well for modern apps from the Windows Store. Desktop programs are generally classified based on how their developer has set them. Desktop programs create their own folders in this Apps View and Windows 8.1 doesn't know how to organize them according to all the filters that it provides.

If you want to learn more about the Apps View and how it works, read this guide: What is the Apps View & How to Use It.

To reply to your last question: you cannot add or remove items from the Apps View. This is not controlled by the user in any way.

I hope this helps, even if my answers are not what you were hoping for.

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THANK YOU so much. This is the exact answer I was looking for. Very happy to know someone understood my (poorly asked) questions. I'll be sure to check out the guide –  onebree Jun 21 at 4:45
    
You are welcome. I'm happy I was able to help. –  Corporate Geek Jun 21 at 13:33

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