Show less or Show more Apps in Windows 8.1 Start Screen

With Windows 8.1 Update, your Start Screen has been more improved. Microsoft has worked hard to make the Start Screen more user friendly. In this series of enhancement, you have now the option to show more or less apps at your Start Screen. Be default, you’ll see a lesser number of apps while you toggle the Down arrow on your Start Screen.

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If you allow your Windows 8.1 running system to show more apps, the same screen shown above is changed to following one:

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Obviously, the later screen displays more apps, so the user can locate their favorite apps easily and they won’t have to scroll and search for their desired apps. Here are the ways to make this possible.

Show more apps or less apps in Windows 8.1

1. Go to Start Screen, press Windows Key + I to get Settings charm. Now click Tiles.

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2. In the Tiles section, you’ll see Show more apps in Apps view option which is introduced by Windows 8.1 Update. Now all you need to do is to move the slider from No to Yes (Left to Right). You can now go to Start Screen and verify the results.

Hide apps or Show more apps using Registry

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid

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3. In the right pane of this registry location, you’ll see a registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) named as Layout_ShowMoreAPVApps which must be having 0 as its Value data which is for showing less apps. Double click on the same DWORD to get this:

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4. In the above shown box, input 1 as the Value data in order to show more apps at Start Screen. Click OK, you may now close the Registry Editor and go to Start Screen to see the changes effective. That’s it.

Hope you find the tip useful.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

9 Comments

  1. Lindi Luadhi

    it is not on regedt32 any Layout_ShowMoreAPVApps and same on tiles

  2. Arnoldo José París Monagas

    Yes, in my windows 8.1 doesnt show up anything you say. Please help

  3. ^^ Don’t have this key?

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionImmersiveShellGrid

  4. Arnoldo José París Monagas

    Yes, I have that key but I don’t have any “Layout_ShowMoreAPVApps”. I don’t know where to send you the screenshots.

  5. regedit32.exe is now obsolete and it’s now only a shortcut to regedit.exe. The old regedit32.exe was just for NT systems pre 2003 (even though it’s still included in all Windows versions). From Windows XP onwards regedit32.exe now just opens regedit.exe and from the Run dialog box you only need to type regedit and hit enter.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/141377

  6. ^^ You can create the DWORD manually 🙂

  7. ^^ Yeah, looks like it takes you to the same point irrespective of whatever command you’re executing from the two 🙂

  8. It does. I think it’s because the old regedit32.exe didn’t support exporting and importing reg keys, so they decided to just use regedit. But I guess it’s like the multitude of old files and icons that still get ported with every new version of Windows instead of being scrapped. If you dig deep enough, some Windows 3.x icons still exist in Windows 8.1. It’s crazy!

  9. qudratol

    good work

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