Clean up the Windows 8 All Apps listing
If you have ever opened the All Apps listing on a Windows 8 system, provided that you found it in first place, you have probably asked yourself why you find that many shortcuts here that you do not really want listed on the page. While you find all Windows Store apps listed here, you also find all start menu entries on the page including shortcuts that link to readme files and websites. Some of you may find that useful, I personally do not like that at all as it is adding to the clutter on the page.
Let me show you how you can access the All Apps page first to make sure we all understand what this page is. Open the Windows 8 start screen with a tap on the Windows key if you are not already there. Right-click anywhere on the page and select All Apps from the lower right corner of the screen.
Depending on how many apps and programs you have installed on the system, you may see a horizontally scrolling screen. The operating system displays the apps sorted alphabetically first and then the desktop programs. While you may not have any issues with the display of Windows Store apps here, you may not like the listing of desktop programs as you not only get the program shortcuts but also shortcuts to uninstallers, readme files and other files.
You can remove items manually from the All Apps listing by opening the c:\users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs directory in Windows Explorer or another file browser, or, and that is the better option, use the third party program ShortcutsMan for that instead.
ShortcutsMan is a free third party program by Nirsoft that displays system shortcuts in its interface on launch. The program displays all system shortcuts and even checks whether shortcuts are broken or still working. You can sort the table by broken shortcut to remove all invalid shortcuts from the system.
It is then up to you to remove the shortcuts that you do not want to see listed on the All Apps page and for that matter their original location. Make sure you only delete program shortcuts and not first party shortcuts that point to Windows Store or the desktop.
Deleting shortcuts here will remove them from the All Apps listing. If you are using a start menu replacement like Start8 you may alternatively use it to browse the program folders in the start menu and delete items here that you do not need and do not want listed on the All Apps page. (via Deskmodder)Advertisement