Find Start Menu Apps Faster on Windows 10 with This Trick

Akshata Shanbhag 11-11-2015

Are you looking for a program in the Start Menu’s All Apps section on Windows 10? Don’t waste time scrolling through the alphabetical program list. Instead, speed up your search by narrowing down your options based on the initial of the program you want to open.


Under Start > All Apps, click on any of the section headers (e.g. 0-9, A, B, C, etc). You should see a grid-based alphabetical menu pop up:


Now, for example, if you’re looking for Sports, simply click on the letter “S” in the grid to jump to the list of programs whose names begin with S. It should be easy to scan this filtered list to locate and open Sports.

In case you’re wondering about the grayed out alphabets in the grid, it just means that there are no installed programs with names corresponding to those alphabets.

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Which tiny Windows tricks do you absolutely love? Tell us about them in the comments.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    How is clicking Start, then All Apps, then a section heading faster than just tapping my Windows key and typing the first couple letters of the program I want?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      It's really not. The taskbar search box would be the quickest. But if you prefer to use the All apps section anyway, this method is definitely better.

      • Anonymous
        November 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        As someone who spends only a day or so a week in Windows, this is very helpful indeed. Sometimes, I don't know the name of the program I need, but I have an idea of what letter it starts with, so this is helpful. Besides, I'm getting old.

        • Akshata Shanbhag
          November 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

          Glad to hear you found this tip helpful, Michael :)

  2. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    While on the alpha grid click the little "clock" symbol to go to the first item in your All Apps pane and the little "world" icon to go to the last.

    Click on the Start flag then click and hold on the Power Options and push your mouse upwards to go to the All Apps pane the same if you click on an empty space in the Start Menu, click, hold and slide the mouse upwards.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      All neat tips, Alan. Thanks!