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How to get rid of the word "NEW" in Start screen apps

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    How to get rid of the word "NEW" in Start screen apps


    After showing Administrative tools they are all listed as "NEW"; how can I get rid of that word "NEW". Launching each & every one is not really what I intend to do. Isn't there a registry key for this ?

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I don't think so - It should go away after using it once? iOS 6 started this on iOS devices, MS has followed suit.
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    The easiest way is to just launch them individually and be done with it. You could also right-click the ones that are informational only (eg, readme text docs, shortcuts to app websites, etc), select open file location, and delete them so they would never reappear again. Playing with the registry is just too dangerous to fix this issue and, BTW, you could have been done already. Cheers and good luck.

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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    The easiest way is to just launch them individually and be done with it.
    I had the same problem. NO solution by launching pasted shortcuts. The new stays permanently.
    Would like to see a solution that works to disable all new highlights.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The words NEW does not go away after first use?

    Grrr.
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    Windows 8.1


    NO solution by launching pasted shortcuts.
    Who said anything about pasted shortcuts?

    The words NEW does not go away after first use?

    Grrr.
    The executables go away after first use, I then right click and delete the useless informationals and shortcuts as previously described. Less clutter. No "new" anywhere on my Metro:

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    Yeah, but we (- are -) (or I) am not are referring to your screen. It is listed by Microsoft as a bug. I am not using 8.1 so I don't know if its fixed but it was not in the preview. I use my metroized start menu differently than you do. I paste 300 shortcuts into the ProgramData > ... start menu folder. It works beautifully. Everything I need is available by single key stroke. I do not need a classic start menu.
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    Windows 8.1


    It is listed by Microsoft as a bug.
    Yeah; OK. Sorry I didn't get all that from your original post because I'm not an apps guy I guess. Good luck.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Yeah, but we (- are -) (or I) am not are referring to your screen. It is listed by Microsoft as a bug. I am not using 8.1 so I don't know if its fixed but it was not in the preview. I use my metroized start menu differently than you do. I paste 300 shortcuts into the ProgramData > ... start menu folder. It works beautifully. Everything I need is available by single key stroke. I do not need a classic start menu.
    Can you show how to set that up?

    I got my Tile shortcuts in start8, they show up under "Modern UI Applications" as well as in the Start8. This "New" thing definitely was not in the preview. I like 8 as it is, every day I see 500 new 8.1 problems stays off the time when I'll eventually update.

    Where in Program Data do you put all the shortcuts to the Non-Metro apps? The "Start Menu" "folder" is a locked folder... Plus when I looked in there, all of my shortcuts are there. I had a helluva How did you get a link to it on the Start Menu side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Can you show how to set that up?
    I can but it does not work well with classic style start menus.
    If you go to folder options and show hidden files and folders then you should have access to
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    I have a folder on another drive that is always a work in progress. It contains shortcuts to everything I use on the computer including folders. I just select all and copy, then paste to
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    The Start Menu folder looks something like this.

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    It will be listed in a classic menu as a long mess of shortcuts so it does not work well with classic style menus.
    From the start screen then, everything in the StartMenu folder is available by alphabetical listing or single key stroke.

    A small example:

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