I just posted this. Thought it could use it's own thread to isolate and collect suggestions or ideas for ways of running Windows 8x in such a mode.
….I need to fully explore this new zero desktop-icon/zero-taskbar/zero-toolbar thing. The path of ZenKey; using the Winkey to access literally everything - all documents and functions, without exception.
Maybe I can create a theme with 1-pixel width window frames, and instead of calling them "frames" they are called "event horizons". More stuff like that. Sounds scheme all ancient gongs. A version of Chrome that is a widget the size of a URL box - etc.
..One Winkey to rule them all
[Edit – ONE GONG sound, hit almost exactrly the same, but recorded from, and within, different spaces for different resonation/timbre signatures.
Much more of less.
So Windows 8 opens up to the Start screen. I have removed all panels, and as HippsieGypsie has kindly pointed out, I can use Winkey-D to access the desktop (which itself is empty), but I might first just use the Start screen for exactly what it is to me – a search platform that I type into. So, rather than going to the desktop first, I would type in “fire” and Enter, to open Firefox. Etc.
Q: I have 8. Is there any way to remove the large “Start” at the top left of the purple page? How about the entire User block at the top right?
Winkey-C – brings up time & date from anywhere, so you don't need the taskbar for that, and can auto-hide it.
Other ideas? Tricks? Studies in minimalism with Windows 8?