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Make my PC Settings icon and "Tools" folder disappear!

  1. #1


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64

    Make my PC Settings icon and "Tools" folder disappear!


    (EDIT: Just to be clear - when I say "Tools folder" what i mean is "Tools Category" as with every other "category" in the apps view, it not only IS a folder but IS alterable by manipulating the folder/category to your needs. Apparently not the case w/ Tools/PC Settings)

    So PC settings... i dont want to lose the functionality gained by using the charms menu to click PC settings while in the metro interface BUT I also dont want the icon/tile itself nor the "Tools" folder which it somehow creates and is tied to, to exist in my metroUI/apps view interface.

    Any modification ive tried leads to the restoration of "Tools" with PC Settings under it OR the loss of functionality of the PC Settings tab inside the charms bar.

    Anyone got any ideas? Ive been able to work past/around every single other issue with this clunky poorly implemented interface on my own and with help here - howegver this one has me stumped and stuck. I dont want to waste anymore time on this darn OS! :P
    Last edited by klepp0906; 13 Jun 2014 at 17:00.

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  2. #2


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


    Could you provide screenshots of what you are talking about. ?

    A picture is worth a thousand words to me.
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  3. #3


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    let me try to explain.. will be much easier. Im not even sure HOW to properly illustrate what im asking in a screenshot lol.

    Ok PC settings - I want to have the Text which appears in the charm bar still work... However I want the icon for it which appears in the apps view either A) GONE or B) Inside a custom folder which I made that now houses the Windows store app/icon and I intend to put any future metro apps :P (i use apps view as my start menu and like it neat and tidy)

    The problem ive had is if i try to hide pc settings or delete it (the icon) I lose functionality when clicking on the PC Settings text in the charm bar.

    If I try to put the shortcut MS provides inside the folder I made (which houses my store icon) It still works but it doesnt appear in the folder - it stays inside some "Tools" category which doesnt even seem to exist as a folder anywhere within the start menu I can find.

    Is that easier to understand? If not, i concede - ill have to try some kind of sequence of screenshots lol.
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  4. #4


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


    I'm not qualified to help with this issue.

    Someone may be along soon to assist you.
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  5. #5


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    lol np - appreciate the attempt and reply I'll certainly be here :P
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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    This is about as clean as I've ever gotten the Apps Screen; but that 'PC settings' shortcut, being an immersive link, that badboy unfortunately has to stay in that directory!

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    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Ok - see that is mostly what I'm going for! I can handle having PC settings if I can get it in the same category as the store!

    I created a category called windows metro for all the metro stuff (of which I only have store and PC settings left lol) but I can't get PC settings into that folder/category! It always shows up under a tools category of which I can't find to relocate out of or delete or whatever.

    The only difference with yours and mine is all my installed applications are still in their own folders ie: Adobe for all the adobe items and square Enix for ffxiv etc.

    Just... Need... To... Get ... Store and PC settings together without losing the functionality from the charms bar! (Tried hiding the icon as I didn't need to be able to access PC settings from two different places which were right next to one another at that) but while that resulted in the icon disappearing, it resulted in the PC settings in the charm bar disappearing as well

    Thanks for the reply!!
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hmmm......,
    I think I just tried what you're aiming for and I can still access PC Settings from the Charms Bar.
    (again, you have to create the 'new' folder inside the folder where those shortcuts reside)

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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    ... btw, what 'tools' folder are you referring to?
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  10. #10


    Detroit
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    did you restart? because it was working for me UNTIL i restarted. I was fooled for a minute and happy and today when i restarted POOF hence my post LOL.

    The Tools Folder isnt a folder, its the category it gets placed in. Everything else is manipulateable via folder names which influence location and category naming.. with pc settings its different.

    Change it to category mode and you will see what i mean. I changed it to sort by Name and it works just like it is for you now A pleasant surprise and i may be stuck using Sort by Name mode lol. Try sort by category and let me know what happens :P
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