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What do you like about using the Desktop?

  1. #1


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    What do you like about using the Desktop?


    Holy crap it's 2014! Where did the time go? Seriously...where does it go?


    Anyways, yes, I haven't been here for a while for all of those who have been here for a while; I have a thread in the Off Topic section about that. Today I'm here because I'm looking for some feedback/discussion/arguments/life stories/desires about one simple thing that has been a sore spot and point of discussion here: the Desktop UI.

    I'm actually working on some mockups for a UI design that will and should be a Windows 9 or later version and not an 8.x type update as that's not going to be a true branch of Windows 8 I think. But I do need something, what are the things you love, live and die for, with the Desktop?

    I have my favorite things like the selection pane for multiple files/folder selection, drag and drop, file system management with Explorer, using Photoshop (although CC is WAT? to me, slightly odd and different), doing data recovery, deploying .wim files with DISM in PowerShell, and using VMs.

    I don't like the window management set up however.

    Your turn!

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  2. #2


    Desktop? Like?
    OH heck yes, I like it.
    My 8.1 Desktop looks just like my XP-pro Desktop, thanks to the "Classic Shell 4.0".

    Nuff said!

    Happy 2014! Yes, it's here to stay!

    TM
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  3. #3


    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.
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    Thanks to Classic Shell and a few gpedit's my Notebook's desktop looks and work pretty much like my Win 7 desktop did, I have the Gadgets that I have used for the last few years,
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    What I liked about the W7 desktop was translucency and glass. Now I'm on W8 with gray this and that it looks like XP with a really drab theme. It seems pretty stable, but awfully boring.
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    Yeah, I really appreciated the glass as well. The new UI is basically drab Apple design if you ask me.
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  7. #7


    Why do I like desktop? I don't have to use metro. ;-) Seriously, it just works for me and my habits.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 61
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Same here with glass!
    Also I really really like an all programs folder for the desktop - I really miss that!
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If possible, can you tighten your reasons?

    I like the Desktop because I can do intense file/folder management and operations with File Explorer. The SkyDrive app doesn't allow that.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    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.
    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.
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