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Opening Programs in Windows 8.1

Michael Murphy
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Dell Inspiron 15, 3000 Series. OS Windows 8.1
With Windows XP it was easy to locate a list of programs and then by clicking on the icon to open them. Is there a similar option on Windows 8.1
I know that by right-clicking on start button on taskbar a menu opens which includes 'Programs and Features'. But this seems to be for uninstalling programs. At the moment I go to the Search on the Start menu and type in the name of the program I am tying to locate. Then usually search finds an icon for the program. But this is cumbersome.
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