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Where is Programs List & "What happens when I close lid"?

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    Where is Programs List & "What happens when I close lid"?


    In Win 8, I can't always find things I regularly used in Win 7. Where do I find the List of Programs displayed by the old Start button? When scrolling down the list, you could open a program's folder to find the start button for the program, the uninstallation program, auxiliary programs etc, and with right-click you could copy these start buttons to the desktop or taskbar. Where is this list now? And how do I search for such as feature as List of Programs which must surely be buried somewhere in Win 8?

    Another item I'm looking for is “What happens when I close the lid” (of a laptop computer). This function was available in the Windows Update dialog box in Win 7, if I remember correctly. Its important to be able to choose what happens when you close the lid. You might want the computer to stay on and do nothing when you close the lid, if you are going to attach an external monitor and keyboard. Or you might want the laptop to shut down if you regularly use it in situations where you need to close the lid quickly, like getting off a train. But where is this function in Win 8? And how do I search for such an item in Win 8?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The location of the power button and lid functions has not changed in Windows 8. It was never available on the Windows Update dialog, although you could get to it from there by clicking a number of other links. It's on the power management dialog.

    Open control panel (press start button, start typing Control and then choose Control Panel from the list that shows up. In the control panel, and choose power options. Then click on Choose what the power buttons do.

    You can find all programs in the All Programs menu. Open the start page, right click on an open area and choose "All Programs".
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    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    The best way to learn, type using Windows 8 into Google, or go to the Windows store and look for Windows 8 tips and tricks. The right mouse button is your best friend in Windows 8, on the start screen use it and you'll see all apps click on that, and there's all your apps.Right click on a tile you'll see the choices.

    Also on the start screen just type for whatever you're looking for.
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    England
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Hi ecbritz
    There is a program called 'Classic Shell' (google it) which when installed gives you the Start button back on the taskbar and all the associated menu's etc, I use it and have had no problems with it..and it's free !!!
    Kindest regards
    Ricky
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    When you first logon to your account and right click, look to bottom right corner for All apps and scroll right for complete menu
    OR
    instead of right clicking, just start typing the name of program you are looking for. Many programs will pop out for you to click on or as you type more letters they will disappear narrowing your choices down.
    You have 3 choices:
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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Actually before looking for any useless third party apps to bring back the start button, try learning Windows 8 first, you'll find it's a lot quicker and easier to get around than any previous Windows. It only takes a very short time to learn, one tip don't close down your programmes just take your mouse to the left side of the screen and they're all there, click on it and start where you left.
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    England
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Actually before looking for any useless third party apps to bring back the start button, try learning Windows 8 first, you'll find it's a lot quicker and easier to get around than any previous Windows. It only takes a very short time to learn, one tip don't close down your programmes just take your mouse to the left side of the screen and they're all there, click on it and start where you left.
    I really hope that this is not going to be one of those forums where the 'veteran' members make assumptions that they are always right ! And as for 'useless' apps I find that quite insulting to the people who develop them and also to those who wish to use them. If someone feels more comfortable with a classic 'Start Button' whilst they are getting used to a new, and for some not user friendly interface then it is no business of anyone else. Similarity's from early Windows to Windows 7 meant there was not a huge learning curve, everything in it's right place (almost) so to speak. Windows 8 is an entirely new interface and even for the most experienced windows user can seem quite daunting to begin with, so for many including myself having the comfort blanket of such a simple little thing as a Start button on their taskbar gives extra usability. Its that simple !

    Kindest regards

    Ricky
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    San Antonio
    Posts : 34
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by headonastick View Post
    Hi ecbritz
    There is a program called 'Classic Shell' (google it) which when installed gives you the Start button back on the taskbar and all the associated menu's etc, I use it and have had no problems with it..and it's free !!!
    Kindest regards
    Ricky
    This guy knows what he's referencing. Try Windows Classic Shell. That will transition you nicely.
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    Thanks a lot for the advice. I've not had my Win 8 machine with me today. But I'm certainly going to try out what Mystere and other members kindly advised. My feeling about a Start button in Win 8 is that Microsoft clearly wanted to dispense of it, for good or perhaps bad reasons. Unless I try living without the Start button first, I won't discover what Win 8 is all about. Perhaps Win 8 is a way to bring Windows phones, tablets, PC's and other devices closer together -- to develop a new command language serving a whole array of devices. Microsoft wants to be Macrosoft again. Win 8 is part of the game plan. And I don't really want to miss out.
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