Windows 10: Desktop shortcut to display Alphabetic menu for All Apps Solved

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  1.    21 Feb 2016 #1

    Desktop shortcut to display Alphabetic menu for All Apps


    I have seen several threads where people want to remove this feature but in my case it is actually easier to use than scrolling down through 10 to 20 pages of programs listed by letter to get to "X" for "Xcopy+" for example. Is there a way to make a desktop shortcut one-click to access the All-Apps alphabetic 'list-by-letter' menu? If I could, i would make that my default Display option when clicking All Apps in the Start Menu.
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.48 and W10 Insider Build 17672
       22 Feb 2016 #2

    When you click the start button if you then press a letter then usually all the apps beginning with that letter pop up for you to select. Try it!

    Just occasionally you might need to type the second letter of the app to narrow down or reveal the choices.
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    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1803 (Build 17134) .81
       22 Feb 2016 #3

    questorfla said: View Post
    I have seen several threads where people want to remove this feature but in my case it is actually easier to use than scrolling down through 10 to 20 pages of programs listed by letter to get to "X" for "Xcopy+" for example. Is there a way to make a desktop shortcut one-click to access the All-Apps alphabetic 'list-by-letter' menu? If I could, i would make that my default Display option when clicking All Apps in the Start Menu.
    Once you have clicked start
    Then all Apps
    Then Scroll to 0-9
    Click on 0-9 that will open up A-Z then just click what letter you need
    Have tried right click to bring up send to but that does not work
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       22 Feb 2016 #4

    questorfla said: View Post
    Is there a way to make a desktop shortcut one-click to access the All-Apps alphabetic 'list-by-letter' menu? .
    No. I don't think so.
    You will have to click at the Start button first.
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  5.    22 Feb 2016 #5

    davidhk said: View Post
    No. I don't think so.
    You will have to click at the Start button first.
    You are probably right but whatever is activated when you click any letter under the All Apps list must do some specific function to bring up a display of only the alphabet. That alphabetic display, even if it was smaller in size would save a lot of time and would fit neatly in the same location as "most used" on the left or on the right side with the rest of the tiles.

    Along the same lines, I have often wondered why Microsoft did not allow keyboard entry to select the letter. Such as typing the letter 'M' allowing you to skip ahead to the M options. As far as I can tell there is no keyboard interface function at all. No matter what you "type" it does nothing. Maybe this is something that can be done in AHK or similar?

    Also : hTconeM9user> It is easier to click any letter o bring up the alphabetic display. It does not take clicking only the 0-9. No matter what letter you click, you still get the full alphabet (at least I do on my system)

    >>DavidHK you are Fast to reply! I had hoped this would be something already done. Since it appears to be an "open issue" I will post back the method (if there is one) as soon as I or others can get it to work.

    >> Also: My apologies 'hTconeM9user'. Not sure if I was clear on what I meant. But if i click any letter in the scroll down list whether 0-9 or A through Z they all do the same thing.
    My comment was only to note that whatever brings up the alphabet, it is done no matter which letter I click. Also no other actions such as right click etc do anything at all. I thought this might provide some insight into where to look for that elusive registry key that controls the pop-up alphabetic display.
    Last edited by questorfla; 22 Feb 2016 at 10:32. Reason: add info
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       22 Feb 2016 #6

    ...................Along the same lines, I have often wondered why Microsoft did not allow keyboard entry to select the letter. Such as typing the letter 'M' allowing you to skip ahead to the M options......................

    I like that idea !
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    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1803 (Build 17134) .81
       22 Feb 2016 #7

    If I want Y then I just click it in the 0-9 and it goes straight there
    Otherwise I still have to scroll down to find it
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       22 Feb 2016 #8

    ................>>DavidHK you are Fast to reply! I had hoped this would be something already done. Since it appears to be an "open issue" I will post back the method (if there is one) as soon as I or others can get it to work. .......................

    Looking forward to you update.
    Please find a solution.
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  •    22 Feb 2016 #9

    Yes, when you figure it out, I'd like to know too! :)
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  •    22 Feb 2016 #10

    So far, a friend gave me this to work with but i have not yet tested nor even confirmed it as applicable. He is usually close to the mark but he does not use Windows and told me this post was over a year old so it may not be in the right direction. I am just adding this in case someone else can use the information quicker than I can. https://all-programs-auto-expander.g...o-expander.au3
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