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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:28 PM

Help! I've got Windows 8 and I miss my Start menu!

With Christmas now long behind us, one or two of you may well have been lucky enough to find a shiny new Windows 8 PC under the tree. After cleaning off the crapware, it's time to use the thing, and that means digging into the new user interface.

The Windows 8 user interface has many Windows users divided. The chief complaints are that Windows 8 has no Start button and that it has no Start menu, only the (full-screen, Metro-styled) Start screen. Secondary to these is the complaint that Windows 8 shows the Start screen immediately after logging in, rather than showing the desktop as prior versions of Windows have done. Getting to the desktop takes an extra click.

To address the unfamiliarity and (perceived) problems with the Windows 8 UI, a number of third-party applications have popped up to provide a Start menu, or some approximation thereof, and a Start button for Windows 8 users. They also pull some kind of trickery to switch directly to the desktop upon logging in.

Some of these applications are new, motivated entirely by Windows 8's supposed "shortcomings"—Stardock's Start8, StartIsBack, and RetroUI all share this characteristic. Others are new versions of old apps. Classic Shell was originally a project to reinstate the Windows XP Start menu on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (among other things); it now has some Windows 8-specific functionality. Pokki is an application runtime, launcher, and marketplace; in its latest iteration it too jumps on the Start screen replacement bandwagon.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/help-ive-got-windows-8-and-i-miss-my-start-menu/


StartIsBack is their favorite

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Reply Help! I've got Windows 8 and I miss my Start menu! (Original post)
DainBramaged Jan 2013 OP
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #1
Downwinder Jan 2013 #2
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #3
Downwinder Jan 2013 #4
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #7
Thor_MN Jan 2013 #5
jrandom421 Feb 2013 #6
Babel_17 Mar 2013 #8

Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:30 PM

1. Window 8 all my commands!

I wouldn't call getting windows 8 lucky

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:48 PM

2. Quick Guide: Windows 8 New Keyboard Shortcuts

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Quick-Guide-Windows-8-New-Keyboard-Shortcuts-313374.shtml

Windows logo key + start typing - Search your PC
Ctrl + plus (+) or Ctrl + minus (-) - Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Ctrl + scroll wheel - Zoom in or out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen
Windows logo key + C - Open the charms / In an app, open the commands for the app
Windows logo key + F - Open the Search charm to search files
Windows logo key + H - Open the Share charm
Windows logo key + I - Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key + J - Switch the main app and snapped app
Windows logo key + K - Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key + O - Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows logo key + Q - Open the Search charm to search apps
Windows logo key + W - Open the Search charm to search settings
Windows logo key + Z - Show the commands available in the app
Windows logo key + spacebar - Switch input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key + Ctrl + spacebar - Change to a previously selected input
Windows logo key + Tab - Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps)
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Tab - Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) and snap them as they are cycled
Windows logo key + Shift + Tab - Cycle through open apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order
Windows logo key + PgUp - Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key + PgDown - Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (Apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)
Windows logo key + Shift + period (.) - Snaps an app to the left
Windows logo key + period (.) - Snaps an app to the right
Esc - Stop or exit the current task

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:12 PM

3. So first you have to figure out how to print this list

Then you can tape it to your monitor.

if I wanted a giant smartphone, I would not have bought a computer.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:22 PM

4. Think Ctrl P still prints.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:44 PM

7. Shouldn't need to memorize any of that shit

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:21 PM

5. Classic Shell

http://www.classicshell.net/

Has made Win 8 somewhat tolerable for me.

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:36 PM

6. Takes me back a while

In 1995, I can remember the rant, "I've got Windows 95, and I miss my Program Manager"!

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Response to DainBramaged (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:49 AM

8. I bought StartIsBack

StartIsBack is good stuff and I like that it simply builds on the existing framework within Windows.

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