How to Remove Apps in Windows 8.1

Every device running Windows 8.1 comes with a pre-installed apps. These apps usually consist of two types. First, there are the traditional applications the run on the Desktop. Desktop apps are what most users think of when someone says apps. That’s because until Windows 8, they were the only types of apps that users could install. An example of a Desktop app would be iTunes or Google Chrome.

Starting with Windows 8 and the free Windows 8.1 update, there’s a second set of apps called Windows Store apps. These are the apps that live on the Start Screen and have Live Tiles. They’re bold and colorful and stay updated with the latest information. Sometimes Desktop and Windows Store apps simply aren’t useful or don’t do exactly what you want them to.

Here’s how to remove apps in Windows 8.1 of the Desktop or Windows Store variety.

Windows Store Apps

Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows Key on your keyboard or by pressing the Windows button underneath your device’s screen.

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Now click on the arrow in the bottom left corner for a list of all installed if you’re using a laptop or desktop without a touch screen. If you’re using a touch screen place your finger anywhere on its display and swipe upward to reveal the list of installed apps.

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Find the app you’d like to uninstall. In our example, we’re uninstalling the Network Speed Test app. Mouse and keyboard users should click on the app they’d like to uninstall with the right button on their mouse to bring up a menu of options. Tablet and touchscreen users should simply tap their finger on the app they’d like to remove and hold it there for a few seconds.

Click or tap on the trash can icon in the bottom-left corner of the app bar labeled Uninstall.

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If you’d like to uninstall that app from any other Windows 8.1 tablets, laptops or desktops that it’s installed on, tap or click on the arrow labeled Uninstall from all my synced PCs. Doing this will cost you anything saved in that particular app, so be careful. Now Click Uninstall.

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Windows Store Apps

Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows Key on your keyboard or by pressing the Windows button underneath your device’s screen.

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Now click on the arrow in the bottom left corner for a list of all installed if you’re using a laptop or desktop without a touch screen. If you’re using a touch screen place your finger anywhere on its display and swipe upward to reveal the list of installed apps.

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Find the app you’d like to uninstall. In our example, we’re uninstalling the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard app. Mouse and keyboard users should click on the app they’d like to uninstall with the right button on their mouse to bring up a menu of options. Tablet and touchscreen users should simply tap their finger on the app they’d like to remove and hold it there for a few seconds.

Click or tap on the trash can icon in the bottom left corner of the app bar labeled Uninstall.

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By now you should see a pop-up in the Desktop interface with a list of desktop programs you have installed. Find the app you are looking to remove in the list again and click Uninstall.

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Now follow the prompts for uninstalling the particular app you’re trying to remove. These are different for every app so be sure to pay close attention.

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That’s how to remove apps in Windows 8.1. Be sure to only remove the apps you know you’re not going to use. Remember, any Windows Store app can be downloaded again.

 

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Comments

  1. Claudette Andrie says

    I have windows 8.1 but I don’t seem to have the “trash can icon in the bottom-left corner of the app bar labeled Uninstall”. I don’t understand why I don’t have this option. I’ve also pulled up control panel, uninstal program and tried finding the app in there to delete but can’t find the app their either. I want to delete the dropbox app off my PC. How do I do this?

  2. William says

    I have windows 8.1 but I don’t seem to have the “trash can icon in the bottom-left corner of the app bar labeled Uninstall”. I don’t understand why I don’t have this option. I’ve also pulled up control panel, uninstal program and tried finding the app in there to delete but can’t find the app their either.

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