Windows 10 has two types of programs: Windows Desktop Apps (such as Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox and Notepad) and Windows Store Apps. Windows Desktop Apps can run on most any computer with a Windows operating system (Windows XP and Windows 7 for example). Windows Store Apps can only run on computers with Windows 8 or Windows 10. There is a large variety of Windows Store Apps that include Netflix, Pandora, many types of games, and other popular apps that you may have you used on a smart phone or other device.
- Accessing the Windows Store
- Browsing the Store
- Downloading an app
Accessing the Store
The easiest way to access the Windows App Store is to type “store” into the Windows search bar on the taskbar. Depending on how your start menu is setup, there may also be a shortcut in the start menu.
Using the Windows Store
Once you open the store, you will see the apps featured on the store homepage. Besides apps, you can also download music, movies & TV episodes. You can navigate the store by clicking or tapping on the categories in the top left of the screen. If you tap on apps, you will be connected to the apps home screen. Once on the apps home screen, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to see the different App categories, such as Books & Reference, Entertainment, and News & Weather. If you want to search for a particular app, the search box is located in the upper right hand corner.
To download an app, click on the name of the app. You’ll be brought to the App’s information page. The example below shows the app page for the Wikipedia app.
In the example above, you can see that this particular app is free. There are paid apps and free apps. If you choose to download a paid app, you will need to enter your credit card information before you are able to download the app. On the app page, you can read more information about the particular app as well as reviews from people who have used the app.
If you would like to download an app, click on either the free button or a button with the price of the app. You will need to be signed in with your Microsoft account in order to download an app. Once you’ve clicked the button to download, you’ll see the download progress and then an open button when it’s finished.
If you’d like to view the Music or the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, you can click on whichever area you’d like to view on the navigation bar in the upper left.
- Open the Windows Store
- Navigate to the apps section of the store
- Perform a search for the OverDrive app
- Download the OverDrive app
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