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Windows 8 Start Button on Desktop

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by faoltaem View Post
    Thanks for your input so far, unfortunately that's not what I'm after.

    Although yes to the Mark Phelp's question
    "Are you asking for a shortcut in Desktop Mode that puts you into the Start Screen mode?"

    Currently I have to either switch from using the touchscreen to hit the windows button on the keyboard or swipe from the right to bring up the charms menu which has a start button (windows icon) which opens the start menu. Instead I just want the button in the traditional spot that does what those 2 functions currently do. Like I said in my original post all I could find before posting was ways to have a traditional (windows 7) start menu and that's not what I want.
    I understand.I think.

    You want a link that will open the metro start screen, pinned to the taskbar in the location of the traditional Start button.

    You would like logo on the button (icon) to be like the one on the Windows Key ?

    I think I can help.
    I need a little time to research it.

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    This, I believe, is what you are looking for :

    "Start" Screen Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    I hope so.
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  3. #13


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    windows 8


    And whilst I appreciate your contribution, I'm going to repeat that is not what I want.

    I like the new windows 8 start menu with the tiles, it's excellent for a touchscreen computer which is what I have. I just want a faster way to access it from my desktop.

    It's annoying to have to have to change from using touchscreen (including onscreen keyboard) to having to use a button at the bottom of the keyboard, or to have to swipe to access the button onscreen, I want it to already be on the screen (and remain there whilst I'm using desktop applications).

    I don't want to go back to the old start menu. I agree there are plenty of options to do that. Does anyone know how to get just the button? I mentioned earlier that creating a shortcut on the desktop was probably going to be the easiest option, but I don't know what program, or whatever it is you link the shortcut to, to use to make that happen.
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  4. #14


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    windows 8


    Medlab, that's looking more like it, I'll give it a try when I get home from work.

    Thank you so much!
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by faoltaem View Post
    Medlab, that's looking more like it, I'll give it a try when I get home from work.

    Thank you so much!
    I figured it was what you wanted.

    Getting a custom icon on it is easy.
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