Remove Apps from “My Libraries” in Windows Store: Effective Ways


When you download an application from the Microsoft Store on Windows, every device connected to the account can see the list of added applications through My Libraries. Not only that, the worst part is that even when the application is uninstalled, you can still see its name in the list. While it appears to be a minor issue, it is quite a huge flaw that bothers a lot of users.

Do you know the reason behind it? It is because Microsoft’s App Store does not allow uninstalling applications from the My Libraries section. Yes, as essential as the feature sounds, the store is unable to assist you in removing applications via the store, and honestly, it is pretty irritating.

To resolve this minute but a significant flaw in the Windows store, we have curated this post. By the end of this one, you can find a workaround for this error and hide or remove apps from My Libraries in the Windows store without any hassle. 

Let’s get started!

Why Does Microsoft Store Keep Uninstalled Apps in My Libraries?

The reason behind such behavior of Microsoft Store keeping a list of removed applications in the My Libraries section is to offer convenience to the user. This means the user can re-install an application when required. The feature is a common one among almost every application store, including the Apple AppStore and Google PlayStore as well. However, the way of display is what bothers a user. 

Ideally, an App Store should be able to both install and uninstall the applications. However, it is a flaw of the Windows store that it cannot remove the application. The My Libraries section in the Microsoft store keeps a complete record of what applications you have installed or had on your system. This means the applications you removed from the PC are still listed by default. 

For users for whom MS Store is the go-to place to sort applications, this flaw becomes a headache as now they cannot identify which application is still on the system and which is not. Sure, it is visible if it is installed or not, but the anxiety that a listed application may trigger is surreal. 

How to Remove Apps from My Libraries in the Windows Store?

Now, to resolve the issue discussed above, there are multiple effective ways. Some workarounds will help sort the applications, and the advanced ones will help handle the situation. There are two flaws that we need to address here. The first one is that the Microsoft Store cannot remove the application, and the other is that the Library section keeps showing the uninstalled apps in the app list.

Below, we have listed effective methods that address both the issues – removing apps from the device and the My Libraries of the Microsoft App Store. 

Method 1 – Uninstall the Application Without Traces

Usually, the application data or the history that this application was installed allows the information to be accessed in the first place. Uninstalling is, unfortunately not an integrated option available in the Library section of Windows. However, that does not mean you can not uninstall the application from your device. 

You have two ways to uninstall the application. The first one is the traditional method that involves the following steps – 

Step 1 – Press Windows + I to open the System settings.
Step 2 – Look for Apps in the left panel of the opened Window.

open system setting

Step 3 – Go to Apps, and click on Installed Apps.

click on Installed Apps

Step 4 – You may find all the apps in the opened list. Click on the options (dots) parallel to the app information to find the option to uninstall.

list of installed applications on your PC

Step 5 – Remove the app from the PC by following the directions on the screen after you have clicked on uninstall. 

This is a basic method so that chances of leaving traces of uninstalled applications are more. Therefore, to remove the application completely from the device, we recommend using Uninstall Manager module available in Advanced System Optimizer. Here’s how that works – 

Step 1 – Download and Install Advanced System Optimizer

Step 2 – Click on Regular Maintenance from the left panel in the Advanced System Optimizer.

Regular Maintenance
Step 3 – In the Regular Maintenance, you may find Uninstall Manager and other important tools.

regular maintenanceStep 4 – Open the Uninstall Manager, which will gather all the information about the installed applications on your PC. Click on the Software List to find out what apps are available on your PC.

uninstall manager
Step 5 – Select the application you want to delete from the list and click on Uninstall button in the right-hand corner.Select application and uninstall

Once you click the Uninstall, the process will begin. 

This method is effective as it removes the application and gives you a better user experience. Not to mention, the tool can uninstall an app more efficiently, leaving no residue whatsoever. 

Method 2 – Set the View to Show Installed Products Only

More than a fix, this is a workaround to remove apps from My Libraries. While the store tends to keep all the installed and uninstalled applications listed together, an option allows you to sort the list on a different basis. 

Here’s how you can set a view that only shows installed applications in the library – 

Step 1- Go to the start menu and open Microsoft Store

open Microsoft Store
Step 2 – In the Microsoft Store, go to the Library using the button in the bottom left corner.

Help option
Step 3 – In the opened list of products, you may find a sort button with a drop-down in the top right corner for your Window. Click on it to find the Show Installed Apps Only option.

Show Installed Apps Only option
Step 4 – Mark the option by clicking on it, and you will have a sorted list of apps that only show the currently installed applications. 

This will sort the shown list and show only the installed products on your device. This can help increase the visibility of all your applications on your PC.

Limitations of Microsoft Store Rectified

The inability to uninstall an application from the Windows store is indeed a lack of must-have feature for many users. Also, creating a cluttered view of both installed and uninstalled applications is a UX flaw that must be fixed to give the users a better experience. We hope this post gives you a solution until the Microsoft experts resolve these errors. 

Both these methods might have solved the problem you were facing with the My Libraries section of the Windows Store. If you have any other queries, feel free to reach out via the comments section, and we will be more than happy to assist. 

That’ll be all for this one. Good luck!

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Dishank Sharma
Dishank Sharma

A creative tech-writer who loves to explore latest tech-trends & convey them to his readers in the simplest way possible. He loves to blend the crispness of technology with a pinch of creativity while curating best practices for the readers. In his free time, he likes to scribble poetry, listen to rap & travel.

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