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I don't miss Start Menu at all: Here's Why

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    I don't miss Start Menu at all: Here's Why


    I do not miss the Win 7 Start Menu at all. I spend 99 % of my time on the Desktop, but don't miss it. First when I was in Win 7 I created a folder I called Shortcuts that I placed shortcuts to all apps I used all the time. I then created a Toolbar on the Taskbar that pointed to that folder. You can see the Toolbar in my screen shot. Why do I need to go to a Start Menu when my app shortcuts are there.

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    From left to right:

    First is the Quick Launch bar. I pinned the Shutdown, Restart and Log Off shortcuts along with shortcuts for Control Panel and Windows Updates.

    Next come Shortcuts for WLM, IE 10, Google Chrome and All Apps

    Then comes my Toolbars I created (Right click the Taskbar and choose Toolbars, Create New Toolbar then point to the folder you wish to pin) The Links folder is actually the Favorites bar (IE 10 favorites bar), my Shortcuts Toolbar and a Desktop Toolbar

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    With these various Toolbars and 6 or 7 shortcuts on my Desktop I can do anything the old Start Menu could do.

    Add some keyboard short cuts and I am set!
    Last edited by Medicted51; 02 Apr 2012 at 04:04.

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    I've done the same thing on my past computers, labeling the folder "Storage," with another folder labeled "Games," and one labeled "Help." Like others on this forum, I have come to realize that I didn't use the Start button that much to open programs.
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    Just trying to fathom out "shortcuts" as opposed to desktop icons. But also, in your example, as they are all executives, would it not have been simpler, and more in keeping with Windows 8, to have just customised the Metro menu to those items?
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    The Toolbars allow me to keep my desktop uncluttered. I like to see my desktop. My windows do not cover the entire desktop so I like to see what's there when it's not covered.

    They app shortcuts are in Metro tiles as well, but I hate the colors and look, and layout of Metro. IMHO the tiles and colors are difficult to look at for my older eyes for extended periods. It seems to cause more strain. Plus, even after rearranging the tiles, and even assuming someone comes up with a more pleasing look for the background, the tiles will still block the background. Plus I still have problems finding the tile I'm looking for. I do not like the way the apps are laid out on the apps screen at all. It's also very hard to find anything there.

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    I like to be able to see my desktop and see my landscapes scrolling on my desktop. My belief is that those users who have traditional PC's, desktops and laptops, will spend most of their time on the desktop UI, whereas those that use touchscreens and tablets will spend more time on the Metro UI. That is one thing that will keep me from purchasing a tablet, I do not like the Metro interface.

    I have customized my desktop to work for me. I can find things quickly and easily. The desktop is easy on my eyes. I have exactly 7 icons on the desktop because I do not want to block the view. And with a little work I could probably eliminate these, but why bother, they are small and do not block anything.
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    I read an article critical of Win 8, and the author has a good suggestion: allow the Metro tiles to be grouped into folders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    I read an article critical of Win 8, and the author has a good suggestion: allow the Metro tiles to be grouped into folders.
    I think that is less practical. If you open that folder, it will open in Explorer on the desktop and then you still have to double click on the shortcut you want.

    Toolbars are more practical - I think. You really need only 1 toolbar with subfolders for whatever programs, websites, folders, etc. If you group all those as subfolders to your main toolbar folder, then you need not take so much space on the taskbar for several toolbars. I have made this little tut to demonstrate my suggestion. Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Forums
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    I have cut back to 2 Toolbars (Shortcuts and Links) plus my QL toolbar. I got rid of the Desktop Toolbar. It served no useful purpose. I am constantly looking a ways to customize further. I also like Toolbars better than the Metro Layout. Plus I just can't get away from the ugly look of Metro. Perhaps that's just my taste. At least I was able to tone down the color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medicted51 View Post
    I have cut back to 2 Toolbars (Shortcuts and Links) plus my QL toolbar. I got rid of the Desktop Toolbar. It served no useful purpose. I am constantly looking a ways to customize further. I also like Toolbars better than the Metro Layout. Plus I just can't get away from the ugly look of Metro. Perhaps that's just my taste. At least I was able to tone down the color.
    Why don't you stick all your toolbar folders into one folder. Then you need less space on the taskbar. Like I have done here. Everything is in the 'All' folder and if I hover over the other folders, the shortcuts will show up.
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    I do have something similar to this now. I have my Shortcuts and my links Toolbars. I do not include the QL bar as that's located on the far left and is a specialized toolbar. I have transferred all desktop icons except Recycle Bin, My Computer and User Files to the Shortcuts folder. Like I said, I am constantly customizing. I like to keep my desktop uncluttered. My desktop landscapes (approx. 100) shuffle through every 10 minutes. I want to see them, not icons.
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    Good thinking.
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