Windows – Add an app to the Windows 8 app menu

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If you go to start, then search in Windows 8, you see a list of applications (both desktop and Metro).

Many of the (desktop) applications I have running on my PC are not listed here however, because of the way I installed Windows 8.

How can I add a (desktop) application to this list?

(Not pin an application to the start screen so it has a tile, but pin a (desktop) program to this list of apps.)

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Best Answer

  • Go to

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    and add a shortcut to your application there. Then it will be available in All Apps.

    Alternatively, use the

    C:\Users\your username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs