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Apps in folders ?

  1. #1

    Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Apps in folders ?

    I have just installed W8 as dual boot with W7, basically to try it out.

    I installed Adobe Master Collection and was surprised to see all the 2 dozen apps get a tile each (in metro and search views). Coming from W7, I'm used to things being nice and tidy in start menu folders. If I installed all my other software and all the folders were also 'expanded', I'd be scrolling through 100's of tiles looking for stuff.

    So my first question on this forum is - can I group my apps in folders ? or is it a case of 'it's not a bug it's a feature'.

    Jed, Manchester UK

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    100 tiles take up a surprisingly small amount of room. Consider that you have about 5-10 vertical tiles, that would mean 10-20 columns, which is not a lot to scroll through.

    In any event, you can create column groups. Just drag the tiles to the side until you see a column separator appear, then release. Drag all your Adobe apps to that column group, then click the minus sign in the lower right and right click on the group and give it a name. Click the + sign to zoom in again and you should find it much more manageable.

    You can't put them in folders. You can add folders to the start menu, but they will open up as explorer windows when you click on them.

    If you don't use all the apps all the time, then you can unpin some of them from the start menu. They will be retained in the "All Apps" section (right click on the start page, and choose All Apps), and will show up if you use the search function.

    You will likely find that you use search most of the time. Just hit the Windows key, and start typing the first few letters of the app you want and boom, there it is.
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  3. #3

    Hi mancman, welcome to the forums, yes, you can group them, have a look at this Tutorial.
    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
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  4. #4

    Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Thanks for swift replies - looks like groups is the way to go. Will give it a spin later.

    dogs/tricks etc

    edit - just r-clicked my W7 start menu - 223 files in 58 folders. Maybe I'll put less stuff on W8.
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  5. #5

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Leave what you use every day pined to the Start Menu. Unpin stuff you seldom use and it will be out of site, but still available when you go to the All Apps screen. Then group what's left.
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  6. #6

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    Server 2012 / 8.0

    - mancman - Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Leave what you use every day pinned to the Start Menu. Unpin stuff you seldom use and it will be out of site, but still available when you go to the All Apps screen. Then group what's left.
    Yes. Yes. Although, I would not call the start screen a menu. If you feel more comfortable with a menu,
    then perhaps take a look at this A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    Otherwise, ... 8 is designed to handle any number of installations using program groups created in apps area.
    No scrolling is required.

    Zoom View - In Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8

    8 can handle most anything if there is a desire to understand how to use it.
    Others disagree and prefer a start menu. ok.
    Last edited by mdmd; 12 Nov 2012 at 15:11.
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  7. #7

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    Server 2012 / 8.0

    On second thought, perhaps I was wrong. If you go to a restaurant, what is a menu? Good question.
    It is a list of sequential choices. It is a page with the main course and optional side dishes.
    Or the main program and extra components of the program.
    Food menus are not nested. They are separated by pages. hmmm...
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  8. #8

    Posts : 72
    Windows 8 Pro

    Keep in mind also, once you're on the Start screen you can just start typing in the first few letters of a program's name in order to launch it, instead of having to scroll through umpteen thousand tiles.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0

    Quote Originally Posted by NaySayer View Post
    Keep in mind also, once you're on the Start screen you can just start typing in the first few letters of a program's name in order to launch it, instead of having to scroll through umpteen thousand tiles.
    I would like to see an apps area (not start screen) that has a thousand tiles...
    just to see how effective semantic zooming actually is.
    Although, type searching is available, my preference is to use the program groups created in apps area.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit

    Here's how I organise them on the Start Page (see attached image), by just putting the ones I use there.

    Click image for larger version

    You can view all the other Adobe CS Start Menu items by right clicking on the Start Page and going to 'All Apps', although more often than not, I generally just start typing the name of what I want to open rather than use the 'All Apps' menu.

    If you use the "All Apps" you'll probably find that Adobe CS is a bit untidy when it installs and the icons appear in amongst the store apps, however you can tidy all the items in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\. For example, I created a new folder here, named it 'Adobe' and just dragged all the Adobe ones into this folder. After re-start they appeared under Adobe, instead of in amongst the Store Apps.
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