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What do you like about using the Desktop?

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by dburne458 View Post
    Same here with glass!
    Also I really really like an all programs folder for the desktop - I really miss that!
    Why not easily create toolbars.
    Rightclick the taskbar>Toolbars>New> Paste one of the lines below >click Select Folder

    1. %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
    2. %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    3. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories



    Make a personal toolbar by creating a folder in Desktop with your name.
    Add shortcuts to your most frequently used programs. Then create the Toolbar with your name.

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    The ability to change the Start orb easily to a custom one.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 69
    Windows 7 uiltimate, Windows 8.1 pro 64bit, Windows server 2008R2, Windows 10 TP


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm pretty much an exclusive Desktop user of Windows. If I'm not on the desktop, then i am in a command prompt window. I'm never viewing the Start Screen, nor running any of the new UI applications.

    The things that I like about the desktop
    • Menus contained within the application themselves.
    • Ability to resize a window and put them anyplace I want them.
    • Ability to see all other open and running applications from the superbar.
    • Small fonts and more effective use of desktop space....far less wasted space than that of new windows UI apps.
    • Start menu, right there, not in the way, and doesn't take over entire screen when I do want it.
    Quote for true

    exactly what I think.
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  4. #14


    " all your open windows in a nicer and more commanding view? As in, screen estate is being used for your windows, and nothing's overlapping"

    I use modernmix for that, and the modern screen, customised, as my one click start menu.

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  5. #15


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    What do you like about using the Desktop?
    Everything.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    So if I can extrapolate more on this, would prefer to see all open and running apps from the Taskbar. Would you prefer to see all your open windows in a nicer and more commanding view? As in, screen estate is being used for your windows, and nothing's overlapping.
    I know it looks horrible , but for me, sometimes overlapping windows are the only way.

    While I'd love to have dual 24-inch monitors or whatever, all too often I'm stuck in on a single 1280x800 laptop screen, but still need to see several things at once, and the only way to arrange it is with a degree of overlap.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    While I'd love to have dual 24-inch monitors or whatever, all too often I'm stuck in on a single 1280x800 laptop screen, but still need to see several things at once, and the only way to arrange it is with a degree of overlap.
    I'm with you. I tried several freeware "virtual desktops" over the years. Seems like they all run stable until you start to depend on 'em. Then kablooey. A tangled mess.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    " all your open windows in a nicer and more commanding view? As in, screen estate is being used for your windows, and nothing's overlapping"

    I use modernmix for that, and the modern screen, customised, as my one click start menu.

    Click image for larger version
    Interesting you tile your windows, that's a nicer way I think among other options to view what you have open at once.

    Problem is though, when you have too many windows tiled, it's like a Desktop for ants.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    So if I can extrapolate more on this, would prefer to see all open and running apps from the Taskbar. Would you prefer to see all your open windows in a nicer and more commanding view? As in, screen estate is being used for your windows, and nothing's overlapping.
    I know it looks horrible , but for me, sometimes overlapping windows are the only way.

    While I'd love to have dual 24-inch monitors or whatever, all too often I'm stuck in on a single 1280x800 laptop screen, but still need to see several things at once, and the only way to arrange it is with a degree of overlap.
    Would it be nicer if theoretically, you were able to not overlap your windows on your laptop screen, have them whatever size you want however, but all viewable? Like maybe if you had something like a second display?
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  10. #20


    [QUOTE=Coke Robot;324965]
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    " all your open windows in a nicer and more commanding view? As in, screen estate is being used for your windows, and nothing's overlapping"

    Interesting you tile your windows, that's a nicer way I think among other options to view what you have open at once.

    Problem is though, when you have too many windows tiled, it's like a Desktop for ants.

    Ah. OK. Maybe I misunderstood, hence my quote? That was an extreme example. In my daily useage, I could not see an eventuality, where I would need more than four windows open, and that would be a rarity, also.
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