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Ways to save Windows 8.

  1. #11


    M$ does change its ways maybe they will bring the start menu back.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    W8 doesn't need to be saved. Evolution will morph it into what it needs to be .

    We are currently in a position where the desktop is still the "Default" scenario for a lot of computer users. Given even a year or two this will change and desktops will be a minority (maybe still a significant minority but still a minority).

    Ms needs to concentrate on making its OS available for NEW hardware rather than concentrate on legacy devices as its core product. Desktop users can stay quite happily with W7 -- why should they change if they don't like W8 -- W7 as Ms says will still be supported until at least 2020.

    Of corse mistakes will be made along the way - but Ms IMO has made the right decision -- and really peeps for a tiny 5 USD (or even freebies) you can make W8 look almost identical to W7 if you must.

    And some people like me who have got used to W8 do NOT actually WANT the start menu back -- I find using toolbars a much better idea anyway.

    Windows 8 RT is an unfortunate name -- they should perhaps have called it some variant of Windows mobile or Windows CE. That much I'll agree with but I don't think W8 (or its successor) will be a failure. Wait and see.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Jimbo,

    I'm assuming you have figured out how to easily toggle between multiple programs from the windows 8 start menu then? I'm currently a grad student and need to run and toggle between several programs at once in order to easily complete my assignments (I need Microsoft excel, word, endnote, powerpoint, dropbox, etc. while accessing many internet tabs ). I can do this from the default scenario (i.e. the "old windows" screen), but not the start menu where all the programs are located, creating an extra step for each program needed to complete my assignment; and the whole process seems basically unfeasible from the windows 8 start menu. If you have a easy solution for this dilemma, that would be great. I have been trying to figure out way to streamline the workload in such a way that it would be comparable to windows 7 for several hours now with no success. Thanks!

    -zjud
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)


    Bit late to get this in but I thought that Ctrl+S might do it.
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    Hope everyone can take a joke. I can't get this cartoon I once saw out of my head every time I see the title of this thread. I found a reasonably facsimile of it on a mousepad ad. So, when it comes to saving Win8, I think it will take the work of a higher power.
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    How to save Windows 8?

    Learn it.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by zjud View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    W8 doesn't need to be saved. Evolution will morph it into what it needs to be .

    We are currently in a position where the desktop is still the "Default" scenario for a lot of computer users. Given even a year or two this will change and desktops will be a minority (maybe still a significant minority but still a minority).

    Ms needs to concentrate on making its OS available for NEW hardware rather than concentrate on legacy devices as its core product. Desktop users can stay quite happily with W7 -- why should they change if they don't like W8 -- W7 as Ms says will still be supported until at least 2020.

    Of corse mistakes will be made along the way - but Ms IMO has made the right decision -- and really peeps for a tiny 5 USD (or even freebies) you can make W8 look almost identical to W7 if you must.

    And some people like me who have got used to W8 do NOT actually WANT the start menu back -- I find using toolbars a much better idea anyway.

    Windows 8 RT is an unfortunate name -- they should perhaps have called it some variant of Windows mobile or Windows CE. That much I'll agree with but I don't think W8 (or its successor) will be a failure. Wait and see.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Jimbo,

    I'm assuming you have figured out how to easily toggle between multiple programs from the windows 8 start menu then? I'm currently a grad student and need to run and toggle between several programs at once in order to easily complete my assignments (I need Microsoft excel, word, endnote, powerpoint, dropbox, etc. while accessing many internet tabs ). I can do this from the default scenario (i.e. the "old windows" screen), but not the start menu where all the programs are located, creating an extra step for each program needed to complete my assignment; and the whole process seems basically unfeasible from the windows 8 start menu. If you have a easy solution for this dilemma, that would be great. I have been trying to figure out way to streamline the workload in such a way that it would be comparable to windows 7 for several hours now with no success. Thanks!

    -zjud
    I don't know how people struggle with this, I don't, but there are two methods to do this, first is the old Windows way, hold ALT and tap TAB, this brings up a strip in the middle of the screen with a small thumbnail of each open application on your PC, keep tapping tab to move to the next program along and release the ALT key to use it or use ALT+SHIFT and TAB to go to the previous program.

    The Windows 8 Metro option is to move your pointer to the top left corner of the screen and click to get to the most recently used application or when your cursor is in that corner a small box is drawn on the left hand edge just a short way down from the top corner, mousing over to this box opens the switch list where you can see all of your open applications and just click on the one you want to make it active.

    Now I would usually go for the ALT + TAB method if I was typing something but do use the Switch list when I already have my hand on the mouse, but both methods are very simple.

    Here's a tutorial on it though in case I haven't explained myself well enough.
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    Hi there
    I think I've said enough on this --

    but a) using short cut keys you can do just as much or even more than you did with Windows 7.
    b) create some custom toolbars and you have virtually the functionality of the old menu - in some ways IMO better than the complete global menu as you can set up "subsets" like most used applications etc.
    c) Starting ANY standard application whether from the start menu / desktop / taskbar / toolbar starts in Normal windowed mode and you can switch between applications just like you've always done with the tab keys etc or Alt-Tab.

    d) and this is often not realized -- to create ANY desktop short cut in Windows 8
    1) go to start screen
    2) right mouse click on the application and chose go to file location
    3) from the file location right mouse click again and chose send to desktop (create short cut). Simple - easy and you've got your standard desktop short cut again just like you had before.

    If you just put your mind to it for about 20 mins there really should be NO trouble in using W8 almost exactly like you used W7.

    I'm really amazed at some of the difficulties I see reported on this site -- for technical people on this site who can probably hack into the CIA without giving it a moments thought or certainly people who are good windows gurus then using W8 shouldn't present any problems whatsoever.

    As I said before if my Non technical 90+ year old Grandad can use W8 then most people should find no problem whatsoever.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    To summarize it: Jesus saves!
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    Glad someone appreciated the cartoon. You saw it, right? Several post back, if not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyboardDemon View Post
    Bit late to get this in but I thought that Ctrl+S might do it.
    I think that would depend on who is in Ctrl.
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