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Windows 8 Start Button on Desktop

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    Windows 8 Start Button on Desktop


    Is anyone aware of a way to add a Start Button to the desktop. To be specific what I want is just a button, essentially like the windows button on the keyboard or the button of the charms bar, except on the desktop.

    I want the button to open the current windows 8 start menu, not the previous windows menu. I would love for this button to be on the taskbar/quick launch menu, where the traditional button was. I feel that the easiest way would be to rightclick the desktop and use the create a shortcut thing, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that.

    Any ideas?? Or forums with this solution that I've missed? All I can find is how to get the traditional start menu back.
    Cheers.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Are you wanting something like this :

    Click image for larger version
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    Mountains of North Carolina
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    Win 8, Win 7, Android


    I'm not the OP but I like that!
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by chroma601 View Post
    I'm not the OP but I like that!
    Get it here :

    Welcome to Classic Shell
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    Mountains of North Carolina
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    Win 8, Win 7, Android


    Thanks!
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by chroma601 View Post
    Thanks!
    You are welcome.
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    Mountains of North Carolina
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    Win 8, Win 7, Android


    I even installed it on my Windows 7 desktop.
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    Sorry but your request is hard for me to understand -- because you're mixing terms in a way I find confusing.

    In Windows 8, the "desktop" mode is what you see that looks a lot like Windows 7. There are no Tiles on the Desktop; instead, you can have shortcuts just like you did with Win7.

    The other area is the Start Screen mode, which is a bunch of Tiles, one of which takes you to the Desktop.

    Are you asking for a shortcut in Desktop Mode that puts you into the Start Screen mode?

    There may be a way to do this manually, but I run Stardock's Start8, and in the Desktop Mode there is an entry you can click on the start menu that takes you into the Start Screen mode.
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    windows 8


    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.
    Last edited by faoltaem; 19 Jun 2013 at 17:53. Reason: Fix
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  10. #10


    There are some good options !

    Classic Shell (Free)
    ViStart (Free)
    Start8 (US$4,99)

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