Windows 8 In Pictures: 5 tricks to restore the Windows 8 Start menu

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Extraordinary Robot
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As everybody knows, the Start button is not included in Windows 8, and Microsoft has vowed not to put it back. If you’d rather not be forced to use the full-screen, tile-based UI, called Modern, here are five alternative programs that install on Windows 8.

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1st of all there IS a Start 'button' in Windows 8. 2ndly, no one is "forced" to use the Start screen & its Tiles. For example, I have a few Tiles I've left on Start and occasionally, rarely use them but, really, I don't use Start to access anything but, do use to Search sometimes. One can have a conventional window on the Taskbar giving access to everything, including what may be Start Tiles, w/out ever leaving Desktop. Point is, all is possible w/out adding any 3rd Party things to put unneeded buttons or menus on top of Windows 8.

Cheers,
Drew
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dlorde

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1st of all there IS a Start 'button' in Windows 8. 2ndly, no one is "forced" to use the Start screen & its Tiles. For example, I have a few Tiles I've left on Start and occasionally, rarely use them but, really, I don't use Start to access anything but, do use to Search sometimes. One can have a conventional window on the Taskbar giving access to everything, including what may be Start Tiles, w/out ever leaving Desktop. Point is, all is possible w/out adding any 3rd Party things to put unneeded buttons or menus on top of Windows 8.
Interesting; I'm using Start8 at present, but I'm curious to know how the same thing can be done without 3rd party software.

Can you explain?
 


#4
You use things that are native to the OS:
1. The 'Power Users' menu - Rt Clk Bottom-Left Corner
2. Use the Desktop Toolbar - Rt Clk on Taskbar > Toolbars > Desktop
3. Rt Clk on your desktop > New > Shortcut.
Put this in the 'box' %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}
Name it, Applications
(Now) Open the desktop icon, probably you'll want to remove the nav tree, really no need for it in this case, slect the View & Sort desired and Minimize it to the Taskbar... never close it or will have to be reconfigured from the desktop icon.... it has to be reset from that icon following a reboot.
W/ this you have everything in a familiar window & never have to leave desktop (switch screens, like to WinQ or Start) to access anything :)

The above is all it takes. Also, use Charms. Open, live, active APPs can be controlled via the APP Bar (Switcher Bar) @ the Top-Left Corner.

Cheers,
Drew
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dlorde

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I knew about the Power menu and Charms, but that 'Applications' explorer trick is very clever! I'll definitely be using that.

Thanks Drew, I appreciate the help :)
 


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You're very welcome, glad I was able to be some assistance. Yes, having that window is very easy to like; sure makes going to things, fast, easy, simple & centralized, a time-saver... enjoy :) Too bad it's not there by default but, I try to tell as many people about it as I can. My clients love it, too. Even, folks I deal with within Microsoft think it pretty cool, too.

Cheers,
Drew
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