One of the best features of Windows 8 is the ability to take advantage of apps as opposed to traditional software installations. Apps can be anything from productivity tools, social networking titles and even games. Windows 8 offers a wide variety of applications to choose from for users to get started with from day one. However, it is not easily apparent how to search for apps you know you want but cannot seem to find simply by browsing.

This quick guide will show you how to search for apps in Windows 8.

How to search for new apps on Windows 8

The quickest way to search for apps on Windows 8 is to open the “Store” from the Start screen.

Once the Store is open, you can either click on the Charms Bar icon at the bottom right corner of the screen or you can use the shortcut “Windows key + C.”


Now, you can search for any app you are looking for.


In this example, we searched for the Sports Illustrated app for Windows 8.


It came up as our first result, so we clicked on it.


Then, we installed it and a few minutes later, it was ready to use in Windows 8.

If you do not know exactly where to go, it may take you some time to figure out how to search for apps in Windows 8. It is not apparent from the get go how to do this, so this guide will get you started looking for apps you know you want but cannot find quickly enough.

How effective is searching for apps in Windows 8?

There are a lot of things that should be easy in Windows 8 but users are not given any hints without some research on how to do them. Searching should be more effective for users, especially those buying new computers with Windows 8 or those less tech savvy. Hopefully, this guide will help those quickly start searching for those hard to find apps to improve their Windows 8 experience.