You learned quite a bit about apps in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, "Making Windows 8 Look and Sound the Way You Want," including how to move apps, use live tiles, and customize those tiles. You learned here how to use many of the apps, including Photos, Music, Video, and Maps, and where to learn more about the rest of the apps on the Start screen. There are a few more things to know, including how to manage apps for the long term.
Here are a few things you can do with apps to make the Start screen more user friendly, to hide apps you won't use, to make app tiles larger or smaller on the Start screen, and more.
SHow ALL Apps AND ACCESSoRIES Right-click an empty area of the Start screen and then click All Apps to see the apps and programs available from your computer. From the resulting screen, you'll see categories that enable you to access the default apps, apps you've installed, desktop apps, suites of applications such as Microsoft Office, and programs such as QuickTime, Skype, and others. You'll also be able to access all the Windows accessories, such as Calculator and Notepad.
Unpin AN App from THE START SCREEN Right-click any app and click Unpin From Start to remove it from the Start screen.
UNINSTALL AN App Right-click any app and click Uninstall to remove it completely from your computer.
Tip Remember, a tap, hold, and downward pull equals a right-click on the Start screen.
MAKE AN App TILE LARGER Or SMALLER Right-click a rectangular tile and click Smaller to make the app appear smaller on the screen. Right-click again to access Larger. You cannot make a natively square tile larger.
Make an app tile stop flipping through information or showing personal information on the start screen (or to allow it to do
THIS) Right-click an app with a live tile and choose Turn Live Tile Off (or Turn Live
CLEAR MULTipLE SELECTioNS Click Clear Selection. (You can select multiple apps on the Start screen by right-clicking them.)
RUN AS AN ADMINISTRAToR Right-click any compatible desktop application to run it with administrator privileges. You can also open the file location, uninstall the application, and more.