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Windows 8 Start Menu - Open it at half the size?

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    Windows 8 Start Menu - Open it at half the size?


    One of the biggest complaints about the Windows 8 start menu/screen, is the fact that it takes up the whole screen, unnecessarily blocking everything a desktop user is currently working on.

    I've been playing around with Windows 8.1 Preview, and am getting used to snapping the start screen to the left side, like you can with metro apps, using Win+Arrow.
    Because Windows 8 treats the Desktop like an app, it can be displayed on the right half of the screen, while the start menu is snapped to the left half of the screen.

    So I'm just wondering whether there's a way to force the start screen to always open at half the fullscreen size? In other words, always snapped to the size.

    This would be a great way to meet the fullscreen-start-menu-haters half-way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReversePolaris View Post
    One of the biggest complaints about the Windows 8 start menu/screen, is the fact that it takes up the whole screen, unnecessarily blocking everything a desktop user is currently working on.
    I hear this a lot, but I really fail to understand what the issue is. The start screen is only open when you're trying to open another app. This is not a "multitasking" task, you just do it, and it takes seconds.. The start screen then goes away and you are right back where you were. What is the problem with this?
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    By your own logic, why is the start screen not small like it was in Windows 7?
    If it's only used to open another app...
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    Try this it is what I am running and I like it IObit Start Menu 8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8

    Oops forgot to mention you need to hit Win+X then desktop at the bottom to get to this FULL screen once in it stays there if it pops out WIN+X again > desktop etc etc
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    They have two modes for the dash in ubuntu. Desktop/tablet. One of the reasons why it is better/less bad than MS attempt.
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    Bit OT but that is interesting SIW cos I happen to quite like Ubuntu too I might just try that on a spare spinner in the spare laptop.
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    With Stardocks Start8 you can set the start screen to open at a smaller scale by choosing the Windows 8 style menu instead of windows 7 style. You can set different sizes, tall wide or small... if my memory is correct!
    This keeps the metro start screen but on a smaller scale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    I hear this a lot, but I really fail to understand what the issue is. The start screen is only open when you're trying to open another app. This is not a "multitasking" task, you just do it, and it takes seconds.. The start screen then goes away and you are right back where you were. What is the problem with this?
    Annoyance is the issue. I find it just visually jarring, since these environments (classic desktop and new UI) are so very different. I would just rather continue to be able to see my classic desktop and keep an eye on running scripts in a terminal window while I am out perusing other software options to launch. I realize some might want it the other way, but what I want more than anything is simply a choice. And they don't really provide me a native choice. That's what bothers me the most.
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    Visually jarring... How on earth do you handle switching between different applications that have different user interfaces then? I feel so bad for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Visually jarring... How on earth do you handle switching between different applications that have different user interfaces then? I feel so bad for you.
    You know that different looking apps are not as different, nor do they bother me that much.

    No need to feel bad for me, but you asked what the big deal was and I explained my opinion.

    Obviously, I am not out in left field on this. Seems tons of people want the menu and not the screen. I'm sorry my answers don't satisfy you.
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