I just started using Windows 8 and one of the things that hit me was the Start menu, Programs sub menu is gone. It is replaced by the Start Screen but I wanted to just save a text file and I wanted to use notepad. SO where had notepad gone.
Well I could and did use the command prompt. But ot get to it I did the one thing I knew would work, started task manager, then run the command prompt from there. Then just type notepad at the prompt. The other way I got it to run was using Windows Explorer, navigated to the Windows Directory, system32 and double click it. (While in Explorer I set show hidden and show extensions.)
So now I found another and probably the proper way to find a program on the start menu. Move your mouse over the start button and then into the bottom left corner. This brings up the new short menu. It has from top down, Settings, Devices, Share, Search; Click Search, which moves a new search, um, bar?
Lovely isn’t it? OK click the Apps button at the bottom and you get a list of all installed apps and applications in alphabetical order. And look what do you know, there’s notepad. Once you have found it you can start it or pin it to the start page, or pin it to your task bar.
So there you have it the obscure list of all apps you want to use is still there, just a link at the bottom of the search menu.
- How to Exit a Metro-Style App in Windows 8 (helpdeskgeek.com)