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    Modern/Metro Learning Fun


    Hello all. Decided to start a thread on having fun learning the Modern/Metro side of 8 and 8.1. It could be a question on how something is performed, a screenshot or snip of a feature, something you learned, or something of that nature. Whatever it may be. Use you creative imagination. Please remember that all might not have experienced either or both editions and that, although similar, they are a little different with 8.1 having added features. I'm running 8.1 Pro. I'll start with a question.

    This is the Desktop app. In which two ways can one achieve this configuration? Hint: It is temporary.

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    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 18 Mar 2014 at 22:09.

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    Well that was interesting. I was able to drag your picture onto my desktop and set it as a wallpaper. Doesn't answer the question but I learn't something
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    First, you can drag the desktop down on a touch screen to the bottom of the screen, and also by clicking and holding the top of the desktop (with no windows opened) then drag down.

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    Also, when you swipe from the side or run your cursor across the left side of the screen, you access a second menu that you can hold and press close or right-click and close.

    Last edited by TheGrantFitz; 18 Mar 2014 at 16:11. Reason: The weather app shows my town, oops!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    Well that was interesting. I was able to drag your picture onto my desktop and set it as a wallpaper. Doesn't answer the question but I learn't something
    I learned that not that long ago, around the time I had used a mac for a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    Well that was interesting. I was able to drag your picture onto my desktop and set it as a wallpaper. Doesn't answer the question but I learn't something
    Lol! Not quite understanding that. You dragged my screenshot from my house to yours?
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    Well, well. It's the GrantFitz! I thought you upped and died. It been awhile. Glad to see you posting again.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    First, you can drag the desktop down on a touch screen to the bottom of the screen, and also by clicking and holding the top of the desktop (with no windows opened) then drag down.
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Half correct, Grasshopper! Although a tricky question, it was in which two ways can you achieve this configuration, not hide the Desktop app. You can also achieve this with WinKey/Period key, holding WinKey then arrow down. You can suspend the Desktop app there indefinitely by continuing to hold the WinKey. Press Print Screen to take a shot. The Desktop app never closes like a Store app, but one can hide it out of sight. I think of it more like a portal.

    You can drag down or combo key the Desktop app down with multiple open windows (or minimized to Task Bar), not full as seen below. The Win32 apps will remain running/open. The Desktop will not appear in the Switcher bar when returning to the Start Screen. Press WinKey/D to return it and Win32 apps.

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    Also, when you swipe from the side or run your cursor across the left side of the screen, you access a second menu that you can hold and press close or right-click and close.
    If this was your second way to hide the Desktop app/portal, you are correct. That is called the Switcher Bar.

    Pay close attention, Grasshopper. How does one achieve the configuration below? There are 2 open Win32 apps on the Desktop.

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    ... and, plus "." and ► or ◄ snaps to half screen left or right.
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    Glad to be back, as I thought I would have had time last year. I cannot believe that I only got back for about a day. All the information is really invaluable for me, plus it will help out when trying to explain to others.

    The + . is one of the most convenient shortcuts I have ever learned!

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    Thanks so much Tony! I'm really glad to be back, and I wish I could've been more involved last year, but I had more work to do that made me loose sight of the web and move towards basic editing. Hence the very-sloppy grasshoper with glasses!

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    (Windows 8.1 Pro)

    Yes, Edwin. The WinKey/Period zooms the apps back slightly ready for next command. Snap can also be achieved with WinKey/R or L arrows. WinKey/Arrow up to maximize apps. WinKey/Arrow down closes a Store app. Alt/F4 to close Win32 apps as it always was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyRubble View Post
    Well that was interesting. I was able to drag your picture onto my desktop and set it as a wallpaper. Doesn't answer the question but I learn't something
    Lol! Not quite understanding that. You dragged my screenshot from my house to yours?
    Never thought of it that way!
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