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Alternative layouts for start bar (too many programs!)

  1. #11


    Now, if there was only a method to make Start screen open by just placing cursor over Start button without clicking on it.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start screen open by just placing cursor over Start button without clicking on it.
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start Menu open in 7 (and previous) by just placing cursor over Start button in without clicking on it.

    Windows key now more important than ever IMO.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start screen open by just placing cursor over Start button without clicking on it.
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start Menu open 7 (and previous) by just placing cursor over Start button in without clicking on it.

    Windows key now more important than ever IMO.
    With number of programs I have installed, old menu filled up whole screen so I rarely used it anyway.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start screen open by just placing cursor over Start button without clicking on it.
    Now, if there was only a method to make Start Menu open 7 (and previous) by just placing cursor over Start button in without clicking on it.

    Windows key now more important than ever IMO.
    With number of programs I have installed, old menu filled up whole screen so I rarely used it anyway.
    "Old menu" meaning the Start Menu? If so, then what did you do? Start plastering shortcuts on the Desktop or Taskbar?
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    I still think my way works best -- I've got the Metro apps to Cascade now in the custom toolbar -- follow my previous post in this thread and then add your Metro short cut you've created to the custom toolbar file -- saves you leaving the desktop when you want to launch a metro app - especially if you are using several screens. (Need to change the icon though !!)

    Saves cluttering up the Taskbar / quick launch bar with too many Icons (often see that problem !!) or filling the desktop. Note you can have DIFFERENT toolbars too if you really want to separate out applications.

    Another thing is that if you re-install Windows / update it you can still keep the same toolbar since it's in a USER file on your HDD. No need to re-create it all over again -- just point to the file you saved on any HDD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    You lot seem to have a lot more programs installed than me. Surely if you can't remember what they are called you don't use them much and may as well delete them. If you can remember then there is nothing to say - + "exc" takes me to excel, + "cent" takes me to centos running in VMware. Both are far faster than wandering though some hierarchy

    EDIT : of course you could do that on 7 also - and I did
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    You lot seem to have a lot more programs installed than me. Surely if you can't remember what they are called you don't use them much and may as well delete them. If you can remember then there is nothing to say - + "exc" takes me to excel, + "cent" takes me to centos running in VMware. Both are far faster than wandering though some hierarchy

    EDIT : of course you could do that on 7 also - and I did
    Sure I have a lot of programs installed but not used all the time. In my case, I like using small programs doing just one or two things at the time. 99% of that are freeware. Those do it all programs that I can and need to use only few percent of their possibilities are just too cumbersome (and expensive). For instance, instead of using Adobe graphic suite I use separate programs for photos, free drawing and picture manipulating and conversion. Each one does a particular job better than Adobe. Most of the time I have to use just one of those programs which avoids all the hassle of opening Photoshop, hunting appropriate plugin or feature etc. (to say nothing about the price and going thru the hoops of paying for it). Few extra icons or tiles is a small price to pay for convenience.
    Same goes for video, music etc.
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