In one of our earlier posts titled how to install apps from the Windows Store, we discussed how to install apps from the Store. As Windows Store is receiving new apps regularly, this is the right time to learn how to quickly search and navigate the Store.
If you have recently installed Windows 8 and haven’t visited the Store yet, we advise you to follow our how to install apps guide. And if you have already installed some apps from the Store and know the basics, we have some tips to easily search and install your favorite apps.
To quickly search the Store without even launching the Store app, simply press Windows + Q keys to see the search pane, click on Store filter, and then type the app name to see the search result. If the search keyword matches with any of the apps in the Store, you will see the app in the search result.
If you have already launched the Store app and want to search the Store, press Windows + Q hotkey to launch the search pane, where you can enter the app name to see the result. To see all available apps in the Store, simply type “.” in the search box and hit the enter key.
You can also filter or sort the result by category (Games, Social, Entertainment, Photos, Music & videos, Sports, Books and reference, News & weather, Health and fitness, Food and dining, Lifestyle, Shopping, Travel, Finance, Productivity, Tools, Security, Business, Education and Government), price (Free, Free and Trail, or Paid) and relevance (sort by newest, sort by highest rating, sort by lowest price, sort by name).
And if you would like to completely disable the Store, follow instructions given in our how to disable or turn off Windows Store in Windows 8 guide.
Open the Windows Store app, start typing the app name to see the app name.