To Access all program list in Windows 8.1 and windows 2012

Recently installed windows 8.1,and Windows 2012 on my different machines..

I am unable to locate option like earlier we had in Win 2008--- Go to start-All programs and then select required program to open?

Pls share info for short cut keys/options/tricks to be used in win 2012 and win 8 ?

any imp config to be done before we use win 2012 and win 8 easily in user friendly manner ?

The all programs menu can be found if you click on the arrow down left, see

The all programs menu can be found if you click on the arrow down left, see

For win8/2012, Right click on the start screen and choose "All Apps"

For 8.1/2012 R2, Microsoft added a visual cue when a mouse is present in the lower left of the start screen. Simply left-clicking on the downward pointing arrow icon will bring up the same view.

For 8/8.1/2012/2012 R2, Ctrl-Tab will bring up the All Apps view as well.

Try the following. It works an absolute treat on my Windows 8.1 machine. It will work on any Windows machine (Servers too).

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
%ProgramData%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

John, you should have noticed that though that toolbar is a nice thing, it is not the same as the "all programs button" of win7. The all programs button in 7 (and also the arrow at the modern start menu) will expand not only your path
%ProgramData%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms but also
%appdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms so both are accessible at the same time.

The toolbar above automatically adds new programs and expands as you go. Everything I add is in there and I have not had to adjust it in over a year.

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