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Relative Efficiency Discussion: Win8 and Win7

  1. #11


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    Yes, that's a good way to get taskbar shortcuts. And, Win+T takes me from the start screen to the desktop in Win8. If I am understanding your points correctly, though, my task analyses wouldn't change, right?

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  2. #12


    if taskbar is visible, then only 2 clicks to get to your recent doc.
    Right click taskbar icon (excel), scroll down list of recent docs, left click to open. (2 clicks)
    If NOT active/visible, add WIN+T (one more action, so 3 "clicks" to get there.
    Aye?
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  3. #13


    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    I would argue that, in the original post, opening a recent file from Word or Excel as described is 3 clicks, not 2. You still need to count clicking the file name itself as a click. So (1) you click the app icon to run it, (2) you click the File menu, and (3) you click the file you want.

    With the jump list, I think you cut this down to two: (1) right click the program icon, (2) click on the file you want.

    Does Windows 8 support jump lists from the Start screen? If not, then you still have an extra click to get off of the Start screen. At least for your first one. Then once on the Desktop, then subsequent accesses are potentially just two clicks. You're now on the Desktop and essentially in what I call "Windows 7 mode".
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    I would argue that, in the original post, opening a recent file from Word or Excel as described is 3 clicks, not 2. You still need to count clicking the file name itself as a click. So (1) you click the app icon to run it, (2) you click the File menu, and (3) you click the file you want.
    ...

    Doing what I mentioned in my original post requires only two steps, generally speaking, in Word/Excel 2013 since I specifify that the file to opened is a "recent" one--meaning a recently opened one. From there I will leave it up to you guys to do any "needed" efficiency analyses.
    Last edited by znod; 11 Jan 2013 at 11:25.
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  5. #15


    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Hello znod,

    I fine the need to compare how I worked in 7 to how my work in 8 is mote point. Once the change was made from 7 to 8 there was no reason for me to do comparisons. It was like going from Vista/XP once i decided to go from one OS to another there was no purpose in looking back. . .just the way I look at it. . .
    Last edited by Lee; 11 Jan 2013 at 14:28.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    (1) In Win7 (starting on the desktop), if I want to open a recent file in Word 2013 and subsequently open a recent file in Excel 2013, then I click on a Word taskbar shortcut and then click the file name on the Word start screen (2 steps). I then do the same with Excel (2 steps). Total steps = 4.
    I save some files in My Documents, i save some files on my local network and I save some files in our corporate headquarters file server. When I want to open a file that I have worked on, I actually navigate the file system and then double click on the file to launch it. It's lot of steps, but it's how I do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Hello znod,

    I fine the need to compare how I worked in 7 to how my work in 8 a mote point. Once the change was made from 7 to 8 there was no reason for me to do comparisons. It was like going from Vista/XP once i decided to go from one OS to another there was no purpose in looking back. . .just the way I look at it. . .
    No problem. Personally, I probably won't be using 8 on a "serious" machine (see sig) ever. It's just too much trouble to change for no significant benefit (probably a detriment from my view) (and, I wouldn't do an upgrade install anyway to make things easier). I almost never use the serious machine in a way that I need to worry at all about security updates and evilware from the web way out in the future. And, I'll have good AV protection for a very long time from now given product life cycles.
    Last edited by znod; 11 Jan 2013 at 14:12.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    (1) In Win7 (starting on the desktop), if I want to open a recent file in Word 2013 and subsequently open a recent file in Excel 2013, then I click on a Word taskbar shortcut and then click the file name on the Word start screen (2 steps). I then do the same with Excel (2 steps). Total steps = 4.
    I save some files in My Documents, i save some files on my local network and I save some files in our corporate headquarters file server. When I want to open a file that I have worked on, I actually navigate the file system and then double click on the file to launch it. It's lot of steps, but it's how I do it.
    Are you interested in doing a comparative efficiency analysis of what you do as mentioned in my post #1? No prob if not; doing so can be tedious. Actually, there is no reason not to select a different task; that would be more interesting at this point.
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  9. #19


    Ok, sure

    1). From Windows 7, click on start, type \\servername\sharename in search box, click 3 folders deep, double click on my WORD file. 6 steps

    2). From Windows 8, click on Explorer icon in taskbar, change nagivation pane to read \\servername\sharename, click 3 folders deep, double click on my WORD file. 6 steps.
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  10. #20


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    Cool, thanks. I had in mind (post #1), though, that you would begin your task in Win8 from the metro start screen.
    Last edited by znod; 11 Jan 2013 at 15:37.
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