Whether you’re looking for a game to play with your friends or a program to help you with your job, Microsoft Store is a great place to download or buy apps for your Windows PC or your Xbox. In this article, we show you nine ways to access Microsoft Store in Windows 11 and Windows 10. Let’s start with the easiest method:
The first way to access the Microsoft Store app is by using Windows Search. In Windows 11, start by clicking or tapping the Search button on the taskbar (the one looking like a magnifier). In Windows 10, click or tap on the search field in the taskbar. In both operating systems, pressing Windows + S will also open Search. Next, type store, then click or tap the Microsoft Store app in the search results. Here is how it should look in Windows 11:
In Windows 10, the layout is different:
TIP: You can also initiate a search from the Start Menu. Simply open it by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or the Start button on the taskbar, then start typing, and the results show up immediately.
In both Windows 11 and Windows 10, by default, the app is already pinned to the taskbar, so you can start it by tapping or clicking on the Microsoft Store icon there. In Windows 11, it looks like a blue shopping bag with the Microsoft logo on it:
In Windows 10, the Microsoft Store icon on the taskbar is similar but white.
The Microsoft Store app is also pinned to the Start Menu by default. In Windows 11, just open the Start Menu, and the app should be there.
In Windows 10, look for a tile on the right side of the Start Menu.
If you can’t find the app in the taskbar or in the Start Menu pinned items, don’t worry, we have you covered with the next method.
If for whatever reason the Microsoft Store app is not pinned to the Start Menu or the taskbar, pinning it is a good idea if you want easy access. Search for the Microsoft Store app (as described in the first method), then right-click the result. In the contextual menu, choose the option you want.
This method applies to both Windows 11 and Windows 10.
NOTE: For more tips and tricks about pinning items to the Windows 11 Start Menu, read this guide: How to pin to Start Menu in Windows 11.
Even if you didn’t pin the app, another easy way of opening Microsoft Store is from its shortcut in the Start Menu apps list. In Windows 11, open the Start Menu, then click or tap on All Apps.
Next, scroll down to M (the items are sorted alphabetically) and click or tap on Microsoft Store.
In Windows 10, the app list is accessible directly in the Start Menu, so press Start, scroll down and click/tap on the Microsoft Store shortcut.
If you plan on accessing the Microsoft Store frequently, you can create a shortcut to it. Use the method above to get to the app in the Start Menu, then drag the icon to the desktop to create a link to it.
TIP: For more ways of creating shortcuts, read: How to create shortcuts for files, folders, apps, and web pages in Windows.
You can also start the Microsoft Store app using the Run window. First, open the Run window (one way to do it is by pressing Windows + R on your keyboard), then type in ms-windows-store: and press OK or Enter.
You can now close the command window and start browsing the Microsoft Store to look for apps, games, browser extensions, and more.
A different way to access the Microsoft Store is by opening its webpage. Head over to the Microsoft Store page using your favorite browser, then start browsing for apps or games. Just like with the app, you will need a Microsoft account for purchases. After deciding what you want to download and install, click on Get or Buy.
The first time you do this, you are presented with a dialog box. Tick the box and then press OK.
This opens the Microsoft Store app on your device and shows you the app details, so you can complete the download. If you need further assistance with downloading games or apps from the Microsoft Store, read this article: How do I download PC games from the Microsoft Store?
TIP: If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can still use many of its features. This article explains how to use the Microsoft Store in Windows without a Microsoft account.
Now you know several ways to open the Microsoft Store. Which one is your favorite? Also, we’re curious to know how often you access the Microsoft Store. Is it your go-to place for games and apps or do you prefer other sources? Write us a comment and let’s discuss.