In Windows 10, Universal apps can be installed and updated with one click thanks to the My Library feature of the built-in Microsoft Store app. It saves the list of apps you have installed and purchased, so you can quickly get the required app on another device you own without searching for it again in the Store.
Like Android has Google Play, and there's the App Store in iOS, the Microsoft Store app (formerly Windows Store) adds the ability to deliver digital content to the end user in Windows. When you have signed in to the Store with your Microsoft account on a new device, you will be able to install the apps you already own (which you previously purchased from another device). Microsoft Store saves the list of your devices for that purpose. This works when you are signed in with your Microsoft Account.
The My Library feature of Microsoft Store
- Shows all the Universal apps you own for your Microsoft account.
- Shows apps you used to have installed.
So, you can save your time while configuring a new device.
The Store app allows you to hide and unhide the apps you have listed under "My Library". This can be used to reduce the list of apps and exclude items you are not going to install on your devices.
Let's see how it can be done.
To show or hide apps from Microsoft Store My Library in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Microsoft Store. By default, its tile is pinned to the Start menu. Also, it is pinned to the taskbar.
- Sign-in with your Microsoft Account to the Store if prompted. This is not required when you sign-in to Windows with the same account.
- Click on the menu button with three horizontal dots.
- Select My library from the menu.
- To hide an app from the list, click on the button with three horizontal dots on the right of the app row. From the menu, select Hide.
- To see the hidden apps, click on the link Show hidden products above the list of apps.
- Finally, to unhide a hidden app, click on the button with three horizontal dots next to the app name and select Unhide. The app will become visible in My Library.
Articles of interest:
- Move Apps to Another Drive in Windows 10
- Remove Windows 10 Device from Microsoft Store Account
- Disable Video Autoplay in Microsoft Store
- Create Check for Store Updates Shortcut in Windows 10
- Install Linux Distros from Microsoft Store in Windows 10
- How To Install Fonts From Microsoft Store In Windows 10
- Play Windows Store games offline in Windows 10
- Install large apps to another drive with Windows Store in Windows 10
- Run Windows Store Apps With UAC Disabled in Windows 10
- Remove all apps bundled with Windows 10 but keep Windows Store
- How to share and install your Windows Store apps with other user accounts on your PC