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Start Button Missing & understanding why

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    Start Button Missing & understanding why

    For everyone about missing 'Start Button' try this 3 minute exercise mouse & keyboard.
    Sometimes it's easier to accept change when you understand how it works.
    1. Go to 'Start Panel' (press Windows key once & press once again to return here)
    2. Let's find 'Control Panel' by pressing the 'C' key (narrow results by typing more letters in spelling)
    on the right edge of page & under the 'Search Box'
    you'll see it opens with Search of Apps first now click on Settings now click on Files
    try different letters.
    I've been using 'Windows key+type letter(s) and click or Enter since Vista.No way do I miss that 'Start Button'
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    FYI, you don't have to click on settings or files. You can tap the tab key once and then the down arrow key.
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    Mystere- Thanks for the FYI but I knew that. I actually had that info in there but decided to just K.I.S.S. (Keep it simply simple)
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Mystere- Thanks for the FYI but I knew that. I actually had that info in there but decided to just K.I.S.S. (Keep it simply simple)
    The reason I included it was because it's yet another point people complain about. "Why do I have to take my hands off the keyboard to click settings?". My point is that you don't have to, you can use the keyboard without ever touching a mouse.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium, Win 8 Pro DVD

    I don't like touching my keyboard. I like using my mouse.
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    As pcRat says, this functionality has been available since Vista. I suppose Microsoft assumed that users have had long enough to get used to doing it that way and therefore nobody would miss the Start menu much...
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    For that particular example, finding Control Panel, it's even easier and you never need to see a tiled UI: press <windows key+x>, <p> Voila!

    Need Device Manager? <windows key+x>,<m>

    There are tons of keyboard shortcuts for those of us who grew up without mice.
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    Most of my friends that I help just do email, save pictures and songs but aren't fond of remembering shortcuts.
    Once I get them to understand 8 Start panel, UI, Metro, Modern or whatever you prefer to call it; once I get them to understand it's an exploded All Programs with larger icons; my work is done. 3-5 minutes and they love it.

    I don't remember where I got these from but here they are:
    The first time you use Windows 8, you might feel a little lost with the new start screen, charms, and apps. The best way to learn how to get around the new Windows 8 design and settings may be to use the new keyboard shortcuts.

    +C: Open charms

    Win+Q: Search charm

    Win+H: Share charm

    Win+K: Devices charm

    Win+I: Settings charm
    Win+Q: Search apps

    (tip: an even easier way to search apps is to just begin typing from the start screen)

    Win+W: Search settings

    Win+F: Search files
    Windows 8 Apps
    Win+Z: Get to app options

    Win+.: Snap app to the left

    Win+Shift+.: Snap app to the right

    Ctrl+Tab: Cycle through app history

    Alt+F4: Close an app


    Win+D: Open Desktop

    Win+,: Peek at desktop

    Win+B: Back to desktop

    Win+X: Open system utility settings menu

    Win+PrntScrn: Take screenshot and save to Pictures

    Win+Tab: Open switch list

    Win+T: Preview open windows in taskbar

    Win+U: Open Ease of Access Center

    Ctrl+ESC: Start screen

    Win+Enter: Open Windows Narrator
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    Um, Windows 7 it's the same for getting to the Control Panel. If you want to use the keyboard.

    Mouse is Start > Control Panel

    As Windows fills up with apps, more and more apps use the word Control. (Camera Control) (Nvidia Control Panel).... Eventually you have to select from several apps that come up as you type c o n t.... As opposed to Start > Control Panel I find Windows 8 convoluted.

    If you are novice or use something like a wacom it takes your attention away from your main pointing tool.

    And with touch, wouldn't it have been easier to touch Start > Control Panel? Yes, I know you can add the Control Panel to your tiles but there is only so much room for stuff.

    I dunno, I guess I just don't get the tiles screen.
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    Just pressing C while on Start Panel will show tile for Control Panel and others that start with C. Not necessary to type full name.

    If I want to open Wordpad on the start panel in unaltered 8▬ I press the w key and it's there
    or navigate
    If I install Classic Shell and revert back to start button▬ I'd click Start > All Programs > Accessories and finally it's there

    For Windows Journal it just requires pressing j and it's there
    or navigate
    With Classic Shell and start button▬ I'd click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Tablet PC and finally it's there

    Customizing the Start panel with tiles for frequently used programs is easy and saves time.
    I have so many tiles on my start panel that I have to use the arrow keys <- -> or click a blank spot & scroll with mouse
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