An Annoyance in Windows 8.1

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  1. PityOnU
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    After the latest update in Windows 8.1, my start menu ("apps view" or whatever) now has little alphabetical icons that split my shortcuts up into little groups. See the below screenshot:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    However, it's not like I have a million applications or anything, so all the category labels do is end up doubling the amount of space it takes to display things, in addition to seeming to cause search to lag a little bit.

    Was this a change in a recent update, or did I accidentally hit a setting somewhere that turn this on? In either case, any ideas on how to turn it off?

    Also, INB4 jokes about how the entirety of WIndows 8.1 is an annoyance.
     
  2. Lacius

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    Next to Apps where it says "by name," change that setting.
     
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    Now this:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Why, IE, why?
     
  4. Lacius

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    That's a bit odd; there should be more than just Internet Explorer under Tools.

    That aside, in your Taskbar and Navigation Properties (right-click the taskbar on the desktop and hit Properties), go to Navigation and select List desktop apps first. That will move Tools to the back of your Apps screen.

    Personally, I prefer to sort my apps by most used.
     
  5. loco365

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    Well, at least MS classified IE under the right category.
     
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    CheatingSoi Graphic Designer

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    I would just download something like Start8.
     
  7. tbgtbg

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    I would just download something like Windows 7
     
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    @PityOnU - It's not just you. Windows 8.1 Update 1 was a major update that changed some things up, and this was one of them. It's been annoying me too, not sure if there's a way to change it back.