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How are YOU using your Start Screen?

  1. #21


    I use the start screen as a live desktop. I have the calendar, mail, and weather app open where I can see them, thus being pretty constantly aware of what's on my agenda and how many new e-mails I have in the inbox. And use the start screen to launch my most frequent commands -- control panel, word and onenote, news republic, pirates <3 daisies, etc.
    The only apps I launch from the desktop are the power/battery options, IE10 Desktop, and W8 file collector.

    For most other apps I usually flick open the charms bar, select search, and then type the name of the app and touch to launch it.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 104
    windows 9


    one of my cats likes it when i scroll my mouse wheel.

    (i really hope his claws don't scratch my screen.)
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  3. #23


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by stefalopod View Post
    I use the start screen as a live desktop. I have the calendar, mail, and weather app open where I can see them, thus being pretty constantly aware of what's on my agenda and how many new e-mails I have in the inbox. And use the start screen to launch my most frequent commands -- control panel, word and onenote, news republic, pirates <3 daisies, etc.
    The only apps I launch from the desktop are the power/battery options, IE10 Desktop, and W8 file collector.

    For most other apps I usually flick open the charms bar, select search, and then type the name of the app and touch to launch it.
    You can launch the IE10 desktop version also from a tile. See Here: Set IE10 tile default
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stefalopod View Post
    I use the start screen as a live desktop. I have the calendar, mail, and weather app open where I can see them, thus being pretty constantly aware of what's on my agenda and how many new e-mails I have in the inbox. And use the start screen to launch my most frequent commands -- control panel, word and onenote, news republic, pirates <3 daisies, etc.
    The only apps I launch from the desktop are the power/battery options, IE10 Desktop, and W8 file collector.

    For most other apps I usually flick open the charms bar, select search, and then type the name of the app and touch to launch it.
    You can launch the IE10 desktop version also from a tile. See Here: Set IE10 tile default
    Thanks, I have it pinned to the taskbar because I really only launch it when I'm already on the desktop (usually futzing with control panel settings, or running w8 file collecter. From metro I just launch IE10Metro (forgot to mention it on the list of things I have pinned to start and use frequently), which is my primary browser.

    I haven't been an IE user since firefox launched a million years ago, but I'm finding IE10 to be completely usable in ways that previous versions of IE haven't been for many many years.
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  5. #25


    Without extensive customization, I find the Start screen to be essentially useless. No real work can be accomplished from it or by using any of the Previously-known-as-'Metro' Apps. I use none of them whatsoever. After a few hours at it, I managed to put on the Start screen some of the things that I might go immediately to when I startup my PC, but most of the time I only click right to the Desktop. I have all of my important stuff there on the taskbar.
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  6. #26


    Oh good! A revived thread from the archives. The OP of this:

    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=16379
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  7. #27


    I like the News aps, and I've found a couple of good games. I use the Photo ap a lot.
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  8. #28


    Oregon
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    I'm using the Start Screen primarily as a full screen start menu, but there are a couple of apps I'm enjoying, so I'll pop over also to use them. W8 is a transition OS, so I'm treating that way -- mostly using it like I would W7 while learning the new paradigm.
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  9. #29


    I use Classic Shell to bypass the TOY start screen and see no use for APPS.
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  10. #30


    6 of 1 and ½ dz the other. It all depends on if the day ends in y or not.

    At first I used it as basic link to desktop. Even disabling the Metro IE.
    Even taking the life out of Live Tiles with my trusty right-click shooter.

    Customized start screen by uninstalling or unpinning all tiles except desktop, IE & store. Then pinning my favorite apps to it.
    ▬▬ Logoff Restart Shutdown etc.

    ▬ Also customized the desktop by pinning apps to taskbar File Explorer & Logoff (could pin Shutdown & Restart but afraid accidental clicks) (IE was there).
    * Created shortcuts on desktop. Hid the desktop icons & navigated to my Desktop folder to create new folders with category names to sort desktop shortcuts into
    ▬▬ Moved taskbar to left edge & Added category toolbars to taskbar


    Many people want different search options. To search from Desktop I can use File Explorer, Computer and type in Search Computer box. But it is a lot faster to hit the windows key, type one or more keys.
    **If you don't believe me try this real quick ▬ hit windows key & then the W ▬ Wordpad, MS Word etc. starting with W pops out.
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