On the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft is adding a slew of new improvements and features to make the operating system a little more usable and secure. The Windows Store is also another area that’s getting improved with the new update.
The Anniversary Update comes with an overhauled Windows Store, which includes a new homepage, a new way to showcase apps information, and a lot of small improvements.
The problem with Windows Store apps library
If you have been using Windows 10, you’ve probably already acquired a lot of apps from the Store, and all this new acquisitions got stash in your “My Library” section of the Store. The problem is that the list of apps can quickly grow, as you download new apps from different devices using the same Microsoft account.
In addition, once you uninstall apps, they’ll continue to show up in your My Library list, making the list very unmanageable. Even more when the Store doesn’t offer a way to forfeit the ownership of apps or games.
How to hide apps from the Windows Store
In the new version of the Windows Store, Microsoft is making easier to make the list of apps more manageable.
Starting with the Anniversary Update, when you go to your My Library, you’ll continue to see your list of apps and games. However, you’ll now notice that next to the download button, there is a new eye button, which you can now click to hide apps you don’t want to see in the list.
Of course, you can only hide apps and games that are not installed on your computer. This also means that the items you hide are only significant to the device you’re using, not globally.
Once you click the hide button, items will simply be removed from the list, but they won’t be removed from your account. At any time, you can click the Show all link to view all your apps and games, then you’ll need to click the Show hidden apps link to view all your hidden apps.
In the case, you change your mind, you can click the eye button again on app or game to make unhide an item.
Wrapping things up
While there is a chance that you may not be using a lot of Windows Store apps, since Windows 10 launched, apps have been slowly and constantly showing up in the Store. As such, it’s just a matter of time until the Store becomes the single trusted place to acquire new apps for Windows — that being modern or desktop apps.
Will you be using the new feature to hide and unhide apps from the Windows Store? Tell us in the comments below.
Thanks Richard Hay (@WinObs) for the heads up!