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A Lower Level "Start" Screen

  1. #1

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    A Lower Level "Start" Screen

    Hi All,

    I am new to Windows 8, which I am using with a non-touch screen so I am dependent on the mouse for controlling actions. The Start Screen has enough items on it to require me to scroll across to see them all, even when grouped. I would like to be able to have a second (lower level) screen which opens when I click on an item in the main Start Screen. For example, Microsoft Office has about 8 programs within it (Word, Excel, etc) and at present these are all separate items on my Start Screen. Is it possible to have just one tile on the Start Screen (labelled MS Office) which, when clicked, leads to another screen on which the eight programs appear?

    Alternatively, (and this perhaps should be a separate thread) is it possible to have separate icons for these programs on the Desktop (but not in the Taskbar). I noticed that some programs which I installed appear on both the Start Screen and the Desktop, while others only appear on the Start Screen.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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  2. #2

    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bits.

    Hello Robert

    This is unfortunaly impossible to do, you can however make the icon's small, then 4 icons will fit in the place where normally 1 tile was. See the screenshot as example.

    Click image for larger version

    You can do this by rightclicking the tile and clicking on Adjust Scale.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1

    Maybe this is what you are searching for Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
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  4. #4

    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8

    I don't know any way to do that with the Start Screen. But you can put each individual program on the Desktop.

    Suppose you want, say, Microsoft Word on the Desktop. Find its tile in the right-hand part of the Metro All-Apps screen, in the "Microsoft Office" section. Right-click the tile and select "Open File Location." In the folder that opens, find the icon for Word, right-click it and select "Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut)."
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  5. #5

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Thank you all for your quick responses. It's unfortunate that I cannot do what I want with the Start Screen, but the Desktop solution is a satisfactory compromise, and the grouping and small icons will make the Start Screen more compact.

    Thanks again.

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  6. #6

    Posts : 55
    windows 8.1 pro

    there is also porgram's that give you back the "start" meni that looks like windows 7 verson
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