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What do you like about using the Desktop?

  1. #21


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I Like that I can grab content straight from my iCloud Photostream and Skydrive.

    I Love the desktop, Hate the Metro Screen.

    I never use Creative Cloud, I downloaded those free versions of CS2 that they had online, have been using those. Still use Photoshop 7 though, cos I like the window behaviour better.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?
    Hi Coke Robot,

    The key thing for me is being able to view windows at the same time - it's quite common that I need to compare values in one window with one or two others; say an Excel spreadsheet vs a PDF report vs a results set from a database.

    This is much easier if everything is visible at the same time rather than switching screens, but because of the way various software products organise their screen layouts, sometimes I find I need to overlap.

    Does that help?
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    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?

    I have a Dell Latitude E6430u laptop (14" display at 1600x900) and I have a Dell U2412M (24" 1920x1200) secondary display. At work, I have so many windows open and things running as an IT guy that I have my windows tiled too on both displays and they are completely full. Having a third display would actually be awesome, but my laptop cannot drive 2 externals and the laptop display at the same time.

    Having the ability to see all of these windows is beneficial, as I often have scripts running and such and want to know right when they are done so that I can kick off another one.

    The current Windows classic desktop is as good as it gets for this type of work. These new fangled Windows apps are completely usable for me in my environment.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I Like that I can grab content straight from my iCloud Photostream and Skydrive.

    I Love the desktop, Hate the Metro Screen.

    I never use Creative Cloud, I downloaded those free versions of CS2 that they had online, have been using those. Still use Photoshop 7 though, cos I like the window behaviour better.
    So in your case, you appreciate the Desktop because of the power of Win32 Desktop apps like Photoshop?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?

    I have a Dell Latitude E6430u laptop (14" display at 1600x900) and I have a Dell U2412M (24" 1920x1200) secondary display. At work, I have so many windows open and things running as an IT guy that I have my windows tiled too on both displays and they are completely full. Having a third display would actually be awesome, but my laptop cannot drive 2 externals and the laptop display at the same time.

    Having the ability to see all of these windows is beneficial, as I often have scripts running and such and want to know right when they are done so that I can kick off another one.

    The current Windows classic desktop is as good as it gets for this type of work. These new fangled Windows apps are completely usable for me in my environment.
    Interesting.

    Would it better if there was a Desktop like UI where you could resize windows to a certain extent, but be able to actually VIEW all those open windows you have and easily move around them?
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  6. #26


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?
    Hi Coke Robot,

    The key thing for me is being able to view windows at the same time - it's quite common that I need to compare values in one window with one or two others; say an Excel spreadsheet vs a PDF report vs a results set from a database.

    This is much easier if everything is visible at the same time rather than switching screens, but because of the way various software products organise their screen layouts, sometimes I find I need to overlap.

    Does that help?
    That does help. Thanks.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1

    I use both the desktop & the start screen


    I use the desktop mostly, but I launch a few of my applications from the start screen. The tiles are functionally equivalent to having a shortcut on the desktop. I like W8 ok, but some of my older programs like Paradox for Windows will not run on W8.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Would it better if there was a Desktop like UI where you could resize windows to a certain extent, but be able to actually VIEW all those open windows you have and easily move around them?
    Wouldn't that be the classic desktop that I have now?
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