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Search in the Windows Store
From the Start screen, just begin typing to search for a locally installed app or Web shortcut. Click the Store option at the top of the Search list (just below the Files entry) to search for apps in the Store.
This list includes some desktop apps too. This technique makes it particularly easy to find and install the SkyDrive utility for the Windows desktop and also to track down Windows Live Essentials.
Pin desktop programs to the taskbar
It's silly to constantly switch from the desktop to Start for programs you use all the time. The better option? Pin those programs to the taskbar.
When a desktop program is running, you can click its taskbar icon and choose the Pin to taskbar option from the shortcut menu.
To add shortcuts directly from the Start screen to the taskbar, right-click a tile and choose the Pin to taskbar option shown here. Note that you have to do this one program at a time.
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