It’s a bumpy ride for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 added many needed improvements, and soon Windows 8.1 Update 1 will bring another handful of changes and features to the operating system. One of this changes is the introduction of a contextual menu on the Start screen to make it easier for users with keyboard and mouse to get access to different options quickly and easily.
However for those who got used to the now old app bar — the bar that appears at the bottom of the screen when right-clicking a tile with options available for a particular app — you’ll be happy to know that it isn’t going away.
If you already installed the RTM version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 (a.k.a Windows 8.1 spring update, a.k.a Windows Feature Pack), you can ditch the right-click contextual menu and get right to the old app bar. And it’s as easy as pressing the “space” bar key in your keyboard every time you are in the Start screen.
If you want to select multiple live tiles, go ahead, press the “space” key, click with the mouse the tiles you want, and the app bar will show you the corresponding options. When you are done, simply click on a empty space or press the ESC key.