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Shortcut to Start Screen on Desktop?

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    Shortcut to Start Screen on Desktop?


    Been playing with this new PC, getting to know Windows 8. Metro isnt gonna work for me, so I'll be using the desktop mostly. Don't like the little corner popups - these probably have a name but I have not seen it - I disabled them with classic shell. But at times I want to go to the Metro start screen. Classic shell does not have a menu item for this. Only way is to select something from the Apps menu then back out of that thru the lower left corner popup for the Start screen. I've searched quite a bit and found nothing on this, is it possible to make a desktop shortcut to the Start Screen?

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    Hello, kmgw8f. Welcome to Eight Forums.

    Simply hit the Windows key from anywhere. Hit it again and it's back to last screen/window,
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    Thanks but I don't want a key, I want an icon to click. I disabled the win key activating Metro with classic shell as I will hit it by accident too often.
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    OK. I see. Quite honestly I'm not all that familiar with classic shell. I recently found a script to create a All Apps shortcut for the desktop. I assigned shortcut keys to it. I'm huge on keys.


    "Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Jan 2013 at 00:13. Reason: Added tutorial link
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    Create a text file and name it something.vbs
    Edit the file and paste in the following code
    Set objShell = CreateObject ("WScript.Shell")
    objShell.SendKeys "^{ESC}"
    Save the file and create a shortcut to it.
    Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties, then in the Target line preceed the target with Explorer.exe
    Make shre you have a space between Explorer and your target path.
    Change the icon to something from System32\imageres.dll then pin the shortcut to your Taskbar.
    Shift + Right-Click on the taskbar shortcut and choose Properties and remove the Explorer.exe stuff and click Ok to close. You now have a fancy Start Menu shortcut.


    ^I found this thru google. Works if Classic Shell is not present, doesnt work with it running. Another item maybe for Windows 8.1.....
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    With some digging into the Sendkeys VBS command I made it work.


    In classic shell setup, you can define another hotkey for the Start Screen. I used Alt p, a combination I'd be very unlikely to hit accidentally. So my vbs file now is this:


    Set objShell = CreateObject ("WScript.Shell")
    objShell.SendKeys "%p"


    The definition for sendkeys is:
    For SHIFT prefix with +
    For CTRL prefix with ^
    For ALT prefix with %


    So if your shortcut key is defined as Ctrl y your vbs script file would contain:


    Set objShell = CreateObject ("WScript.Shell")
    objShell.SendKeys "^y"
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    Win 8.1 Pro


    If you are using Classic shell, I made the Start button take me to the start screen on Center Click.
    No need for any additional shortcuts....
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    Yeah I like the cusomization of Classic shell, it would be enough just for me. But I wanted a desktop icon for some family members who cant progress to using advanced techniques like middle click.
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    With Classic Shell, you can also set shift+Win to take you to the start screen. Also (when I had it installed), there is a start screen entry at the top of the start menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmgw8f View Post
    Yeah I like the cusomization of Classic shell, it would be enough just for me. But I wanted a desktop icon for some family members who cant progress to using advanced techniques like middle click.
    Yeah,, gotcha. We need national PC Drivers License. You can't operate a computer without one.
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