How to show the App bar for a Tile on the Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update

One of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update is a new context menu for tiles on the Start screen. Previously, in Windows 8 RTM and Windows 8.1 RTM, right clicking on the tile made the App bar appear at the bottom of the screen. In Windows 8.1 Update it does not show anymore and is replaced with context menus which actually have the same commands. The App bar is shown now only when you are working in Windows 8 using the touch screen and you press and hold on a tile. However, if you preferred using the App bar, follow the instructions in this article to show it even if you don't have a touch screen.

How to show the App bar for a specific tile

    1. Press and hold the CTRL key on the keyboard.
    2. Click the required tile while you are holding the CTRL key. It will become selected.
    3. Release the CTRL key. The tile will remain selected.
    4. Now press the Space bar on the keyboard. The App bar will pop up at the bottom:
      app bar for tile

How to show the app bar in Modern apps and the Start screen

      1. Run the desired Modern app or go to the Start screen.
      2. Press Win + Z shortcut on the keyboard. The App bar will become visible:
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        app bar of the start screen

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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