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I have a feeling that the Charms can be in the System Tray.

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    I have a feeling that the Charms can be in the System Tray.


    On a desktop, the Charms UI is somewhat awkward to use. I have the navigation down and all, but it seems odd. Also, the app switcher doesn't work on the Desktop view, I've accidentally switched to an app when I'm in Outlook. Since a majority of the Settings sidebar are already in the lower right hand side of the Task Bar, the search Charm might not be really used in the Desktop nor Devices so much, it would better sense to place them in the Task Bar on systems without touch screens. Then, replace the static Start button in the lower left hand side with the new Start window logo, it would be better for mouse navigation. It just doesn't feel right in the Desktop View with the touch version of pulling up the Charms bar. The Developer Preview did it better.

    I'm not sure how to switch between apps though...

    Another thing, the sidebars NEED to be smaller on desktop systems, it's odd with it being so large.

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  2. #2


    Watford
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    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    You can get to the charms bar easily with winkey+c.

    Charms Bar - Open in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2012 at 17:17. Reason: added link for more info
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    Windows 8 x64


    Once I found win+c (entirely by accident) I actually grew to like charms. I want to see them become something more though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Eater View Post
    Once I found win+c (entirely by accident) I actually grew to like charms. I want to see them become something more though.
    Maybe. What would you suggest?
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    Windows 8 x64


    I'm not sure, to be honest. I've just been using them as a control panel, pc settings and shut down shortcut, albeit often. I'd like to find myself needing them for more, to help justify their prominent placement. I really do like their seamless Metro action at any rate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Eater View Post
    I'm not sure, to be honest. I've just been using them as a control panel, pc settings and shut down shortcut, albeit often. I'd like to find myself needing them for more, to help justify their prominent placement. I really do like their seamless Metro action at any rate.
    Win+I goes directly to shutdown.

    Lock, Log off, Restart, Shut Down, Switch User - Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2012 at 17:18. Reason: added link for more info
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    Nice, thanks for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
    You can get to the charms bar easily with winkey+c.

    Charms Bar - Open in Windows 8
    True, but I'm kind of iffy about how every other desktop user will respond to that. In the Developer Preview, it was Win+Shift+C to bring up the touch UI of the Charms bar. In the DP, it had a different little Charms bar when you hover to the traditional bottom left Start corner.
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    Watford
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    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    Moving it to where they did avoided any confusion with the deprecated start menu. It serves a different function so was the right decision. I guess we may see further development of it before final release if something can added which is in keeping with the overall ergonomics.
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    I would probably like a charms bar if I was an eight year old girl.

    Good name for a new candy bar aimed at small kids.
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I have a feeling that the Charms can be in the System Tray.
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