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    SWindows 8 Desktop help


    I am an old, retired Federal law enforcement officer, now doing PI work. I need a computer for work, word processing, internet searches, writing my second book,etc. I am no longer fascinated by shiny colors and bright lights. I don't twitter or utube. I would like all my software to appear on my desktop, so I don't have to wander around all the pretty tiles looking for what I want. Is there a simple way to make 8 look like a work computer. I jumped form XP to this, and I hate it! Help.

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    Did you build the computer or buy a whole new computer? If you built the computer then you'd be better offer buying a copy of Win7 for your needs.

    If you bought the computer with win8 you can either down grade to win7, but you'd have to purchase a copy of win7 or there are some ways to boot the desktop, but the process to get it there can be involved. And if you're not the most technical it can be challenging.

    Here is a couple ways to achieve this:


    1. https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
    2. Classic Shell for Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by exnarc View Post
    I am an old, retired Federal law enforcement officer, now doing PI work. I need a computer for work, word processing, internet searches, writing my second book,etc. I am no longer fascinated by shiny colors and bright lights. I don't twitter or utube. I would like all my software to appear on my desktop, so I don't have to wander around all the pretty tiles looking for what I want. Is there a simple way to make 8 look like a work computer. I jumped form XP to this, and I hate it! Help.
    Install Classic Shell. Classic Shell | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net
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    Anyway, why the hell did you jump from xp to 8, if you didn't need it ??? Don't tell me ... Just go back to xp or try win7 with classic theme
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    I love how we're quick to go for classic shell or Windows 7 versus putting five minutes of effort.....

    Anyways, it's not hard to get the Start Screen usable to how YOU use it. To get some Desktop locations and items onto Start, go on the Desktop in File Explorer, then just right click on either a folder, library, hard drive, or Control Panel item and hit Pin to Start. Then, go to Start. Near to end of the tiles, you'll see the new tiles made. Of which, you can click and drag them to where you like. Same goes for programs, although when you install them, you'll find the shortcuts already there. Or, if you're on the Start Screen, right click and hit All apps on the bottom. Scroll over to find all the program files, and again, right click on those small tiles and at the bottom, hit Pin to Start. Simple as that.

    I, for example, have Documents, Pictures, Videos, and Music libraries pinned to Start; as well as Computer, Downloads, Recycle Bin, Action Center, Power Options, Networking and Sharing Center, Programs and Features (those were Control Panel bits) along with Office 2013 programs and several others. I feel after using Windows 8 and the Start Screen for OVER A YEAR, it's faster to use if you put a few minutes of effort in making the Start Screen yours. Then, I also use this little utility that right now, lets me use my Desktop wallpaper slideshow, blurred a bit, as the Start Screen background. It can let you customize Start Screen colors even further than what you already can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I love how we're quick to go for classic shell or Windows 7 versus putting five minutes of effort.....

    Anyways, it's not hard to get the Start Screen usable to how YOU use it. To get some Desktop locations and items onto Start, go on the Desktop in File Explorer, then just right click on either a folder, library, hard drive, or Control Panel item and hit Pin to Start. Then, go to Start. Near to end of the tiles, you'll see the new tiles made. Of which, you can click and drag them to where you like. Same goes for programs, although when you install them, you'll find the shortcuts already there. Or, if you're on the Start Screen, right click and hit All apps on the bottom. Scroll over to find all the program files, and again, right click on those small tiles and at the bottom, hit Pin to Start. Simple as that.

    I, for example, have Documents, Pictures, Videos, and Music libraries pinned to Start; as well as Computer, Downloads, Recycle Bin, Action Center, Power Options, Networking and Sharing Center, Programs and Features (those were Control Panel bits) along with Office 2013 programs and several others. I feel after using Windows 8 and the Start Screen for OVER A YEAR, it's faster to use if you put a few minutes of effort in making the Start Screen yours. Then, I also use this little utility that right now, lets me use my Desktop wallpaper slideshow, blurred a bit, as the Start Screen background. It can let you customize Start Screen colors even further than what you already can.
    I agree, but the op didn't really sound intersted in learning the whole win8 environment just yet. I've seen many of your threads. I agree way too many bashing metro when it's very simple to take some time to custimize a bit and it's much faster to access programs this way rather than drill down multiple folders. Winkey click program done. It launches faster from the start page.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Metalmania31 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I love how we're quick to go for classic shell or Windows 7 versus putting five minutes of effort.....

    Anyways, it's not hard to get the Start Screen usable to how YOU use it. To get some Desktop locations and items onto Start, go on the Desktop in File Explorer, then just right click on either a folder, library, hard drive, or Control Panel item and hit Pin to Start. Then, go to Start. Near to end of the tiles, you'll see the new tiles made. Of which, you can click and drag them to where you like. Same goes for programs, although when you install them, you'll find the shortcuts already there. Or, if you're on the Start Screen, right click and hit All apps on the bottom. Scroll over to find all the program files, and again, right click on those small tiles and at the bottom, hit Pin to Start. Simple as that.

    I, for example, have Documents, Pictures, Videos, and Music libraries pinned to Start; as well as Computer, Downloads, Recycle Bin, Action Center, Power Options, Networking and Sharing Center, Programs and Features (those were Control Panel bits) along with Office 2013 programs and several others. I feel after using Windows 8 and the Start Screen for OVER A YEAR, it's faster to use if you put a few minutes of effort in making the Start Screen yours. Then, I also use this little utility that right now, lets me use my Desktop wallpaper slideshow, blurred a bit, as the Start Screen background. It can let you customize Start Screen colors even further than what you already can.
    I agree, but the op didn't really sound intersted in learning the whole win8 environment just yet. I've seen many of your threads. I agree way too many bashing metro when it's very simple to take some time to custimize a bit and it's much faster to access programs this way rather than drill down multiple folders. Winkey click program done. It launches faster from the start page.
    OP also mentioned he is not interested in shiny colors and bright lights. Hmmm, what has shiny colors and bright lights? Windows 8 doesn't.
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    I would also agree with the suggestion to install Windows 7. It is my favorite operating system by far.

    I've used windows 8 extensively, but even with start menu customizations and considerable tweaking, it still remains a disjointed OS.

    It seems many people don't like Windows 8, myself included. There's nothing wrong with having a personal preference for one or the other.
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    exnarc▬ it sounds like you just want to easily use 8 for the basics. It is easy.
    While you are on Start Screen (with tiles)
    •If you want to open Wordpad or MS Word, press the W key and click the icon
    •Press E key for Excel or other programs beginning with E

    You can return to Start Screen by pressing the Windows key

    •You probably don't like the Internet Explorer you get by opening it on Start Screen (easily fixedright now)
    1- click the Tools button or the Gear in upper right corner
    2- click Internet Options
    3- click Programs tab
    4- top section asks about how you prefer to open links.
    a. Make your choice for 'Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop'.
    b. Place a check mark in the box ' Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop.

    Click image for larger version

    If you need help pinning programs to your Start Screen or Taskbar or creating shortcuts on your desktop let us know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluice32 View Post
    I've used windows 8 extensively, but even with start menu customizations and considerable tweaking, it still remains a disjointed OS.
    How can it be disjointed, when, after one simple application install, it looks and acts just like Windows 7...no tweaking necessary?
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