Search Hidden Apps on Windows 8

In Windows 8, it takes a few minutes to search for files and hidden apps through File Explorer but Search Charm makes it easier and faster.

Search Charm typically works like File Explorer. You can use it to search files, settings and applications instantly. No more waiting time!

In this guide, I will share how to search hidden apps on Windows 8 if you have installed programs before but forgot to create shortcut icons or pin it to Start menu.

You can also use the guide below on public computers to search for hidden apps that the administrator did intentionally.

Search Hidden Apps on Windows 8

Step 1: In Desktop, put your mouse cursor at the upper right hand-corner of the screen. It then pulls up the Charm Bar.

Charm bar has five icons: Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings. Here’s how it looks like.

Charm Bar in Windows 8 - Hidden Apps

Charm Bar in Windows 8

Step 2: Select the magnifying glass icon (Search)

Step 3: In Search Charm window, type-in the application name in the box provided.

Look at the example below.

uTorrent - Hidden Apps

Search Charm in Window 8

Tip: You can also access Search Charm window in desktop mode by pressing Windows logo key Windows logo key plus Q key in your keyboard. Or, press Windows logo key Windows logo key to go to Metro UI and start typing in the name of the application.

Step 4: You’ll see the program shortcut icon in the left hand corner. Click it and it will open automatically in desktop.

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