This document applies to HP computers with Windows 8.
HP Quick Start is a Windows 8 software application that provides a familiar way to open apps from the Windows desktop.
In Windows 8, the Start button and Start menu from previous versions of Windows has been replaced with the Start screen. As an alternative to using the new Windows 8 Start screen, HP Quick Start organizes your apps in a format that resembles the traditional Windows Start menu.
This document guides you through downloading, installing, and using the HP Quick Start app.
Downloading and installing HP Quick Start
Use the following steps to download and install the HP Quick Start software application:
Save the .exe file to your Windows desktop.
When the file has finished downloading, double-click the application file icon to begin installation.
Figure 1: Application file desktop icon
If a User Account Control message appears, click Yes
or enter your password.
When the InstallShield Wizard window opens, click Next
Figure 2: InstallShield Wizard
After reading the End User License Agreement, if you agree and want to continue, select I accept the terms in the license agreement
, and then click Next
Figure 3: End User License Agreement
If an HP Quick Start Application permission window appears, click Yes
Figure 4: HP Quick Start Application permission window
Wait for the application to finish installing and updating.
Save any documents and close all applications, and then click Yes
to restart the computer and complete the installation.
Figure 5: Complete the HP Quick Start installation
When the installation is finished, an HP Quick Start tile is added to the Start screen, an HP Quick Start icon is added to the Windows desktop, and an icon is pinned to the taskbar.
Using HP Quick Start
The HP Quick Start application can be opened from the tile on the Start screen, or from the Windows desktop icon or taskbar icon. To open Quick Start, click the tile or the taskbar icon, or double-click the Desktop icon.
Figure 6: HP Quick Start tile
The HP Quick Start window opens in the bottom left corner of the Windows desktop. You can click and drag the Quick Start taskbar icon to move it to the leftmost position for familiarity, if desired.
Figure 7: Moving the HP Quick Start taskbar icon
Choose one of the following sections to learn more about using HP Quick Start:
Frequently used software applications can be added to the right side of the Quick Start screen for easy access. Once added, the Favorites icons can be rearranged or removed according to your preferences. Favorites can also be pinned to the taskbar, or added to the Windows desktop.
Use the following steps to manage your Favorites in Quick Start:
Scroll through the list on the left side of the window to find an app or folder you want to add to your Favorites.
Tip: If there is an arrow and a folder icon to the left of a list item, click the arrow to open the folder and expand the group of apps. For example, click the arrow next to Communication and Chat
to see the apps grouped within that folder.
Click the desired app and drag it to Favorites, then release.
Figure 8: Adding an application to Favorites
An icon for the selected app is added to the Favorites menu. The app will still be listed in the left side menu.
To rearrange the Favorites icons, click and drag an icon to a new position, then release the icon.
Figure 9: Rearrange Favorites
Right-click on a Favorites icon to display options for that app.
Figure 10: Favorites options
Click one of the options:
Select Pin to Taskbar
to pin the icon to your Windows desktop taskbar. This option is not available if the app is already pinned to the taskbar. Selecting this option does not remove the icon from your Favorites menu.
Select Create Desktop shortcut
to add the icon to your Windows desktop. This option is not available if there is already a shortcut for the app on the desktop. Selecting this option does not remove the icon from your Favorites menu.
Select Remove from Favorites
to remove the icon from the HP Quick Start Favorites menu.
Apps can be opened from either the left or right side of the HP Quick Start window. Use any of the following methods to open an app using HP Quick Start:
From the left side menu
: Click an app from the list to open the app.
From the Favorites menu
: Click an icon from the Favorites menu to open the app.
: Enter a word or phrase in the Search Programs
box to search for an app. Click the desired application from the list of results.