Easy: Show or Hide Windows Store Apps on the Taskbar

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

The latest Windows 8.1 Update has brought a really useful feature for lovers of the good old taskbar – the ability to see there apps from the Windows Store that you have opened. Here’s how to enable and disable this feature.
show hide windows store apps taskbarJust like with many other settings inside Windows 8.1, showing or hiding the Windows 8 apps that you download from the Windows Store is really easy to do. Unfortunately, those of you who are running on Windows RT or RT 8.1, you don’t have the desktop interface, so you don’t even have to enable or disable this feature. This is one of the improvements that the Windows 8.1 Update has brought for desktop users, as it makes apps feel more like a part of the entire system and not separate.

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As you can see in the above screenshots, the Windows 8 apps that I have minimized now appear on the taskbar along with the rest of desktop programs. Personally, I am really grateful that Microsoft brought this feature in Windows 8.1, as now I can see where all my apps are and don’t have to frantically use the eternal “alt+tab” combination. So, if you have installed Windows 8.1 Update but you are not receiving this feature or, for a certain reason, you want it gone, here are the steps that you need to take.

Quickly bring Windows Store apps to the taskbar

1. Open the Charms Bar – either by going to the top right corner with your mouse or finger or by pressing the  Windows logo + W.
2. Choose the search button and type there ‘PC Settings‘ in the box, make sure you’re searching in ‘everywhere’.
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3. From the ‘PC Settings’ main menu, select the ‘PC and Devices‘ sub-section.
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4. From the ‘PC and Devices’ main menu, choose the ‘Corners and Edges‘ sub-section.
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5. From ‘App Switching‘, simply choose if you want Windows Store apps to appear on the taskbar. It’s as simple as that!
show hide windows store apps taskbar 5Now, if you have enabled or disabled it, please let me know what you think of this feature. I for one find it really useful, but I wonder what is the argument of those who want it gone. Please express yourself in the comment section from below.

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