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How are YOU using your Start Screen?

  1. #31


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If you have a lot of programs installed, the Start screen gets very messy. It requires a lot of maintenance. And the fact that all tiles are of the same dull color does not help - at least not me with only 40% vision.

    I wish they would let us customize the colors of the tiles. Then one could assign colors to groups of programs. And I mean colors - not that washed out stuff they have now. E.g. the blue looks like left over jeans from WWII.

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  2. #32


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


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you have a lot of programs installed, the Start screen gets very messy. It requires a lot of maintenance. And the fact that all tiles are of the same dull color does not help - at least not me with only 40% vision.
    This is a good observation. I have to work at keeping my Start Screen from becoming a mess, just like I do on the desktop.

    I wish they would let us customize the colors of the tiles. Then one could assign colors to groups of programs. And I mean colors - not that washed out stuff they have now. E.g. the blue looks like left over jeans from WWII.
    There is a program called Decor8 which I believe will let you do this.
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  3. #33


    bought pin steam and pined all my steam games to start screen
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  4. #34


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I want to ask this. How is everyone using their Start Screen? Is it becoming a separate Desktop or is it being used as a full screen Start menu?
    I use it to get to the Desktop and never go back except when absolutely necessary.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you have a lot of programs installed, the Start screen gets very messy. It requires a lot of maintenance. And the fact that all tiles are of the same dull color does not help - at least not me with only 40% vision.

    I wish they would let us customize the colors of the tiles. Then one could assign colors to groups of programs. And I mean colors - not that washed out stuff they have now. E.g. the blue looks like left over jeans from WWII.
    There are a couple of third party tools, like Decor8, (check out Post your Start Screen in Customizations, you'll know what's up) that can let you do some real cool things with the Start Screen.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well then, this thread is a bit old!

    So far, since the inception of this thread, I'm using it as my main launcher. I either can start my Music Info app, then go to Start and open Outlook 2013. Then, I will use Start to go to the immersive IE and do some tabbed browsing. Then I go back to Start and move the mouse pointer to the left (I use the Charms more than the old location of the start button) and hit the Outlook tile, which puts me back on the Desktop.

    Thinking about it, it's more like a transit hub for me. I use it to go to the Desktop, or to a metro app, or back into a Desktop app that is already open.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I use my Start Screen in combination with my desktop and taskbar shortcuts, I'll use both depending on the situation. I have my start screen all neat and organized, and have gotten muscle memory saved for how I have everything setup so it takes less than a second to press Win key and click whatever I need to open.
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  8. #38


    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 653
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I use it, still trying things out but I launch my most used apps from it at present. I haven't finished customizing yet, not enough time, but so far I like what I can do with it. I'm on my desktop machine at present but when I'm back on the laptop I'll take a picture of my Start Screen to show how I have it at the moment.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 73
    windows 7 home premium 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
    one of my cats likes it when i scroll my mouse wheel.

    (i really hope his claws don't scratch my screen.)
    How many cats do you have? I'm trying to get a cat approval percentage!
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  10. #40


    Scotland
    Posts : 7
    windows 8


    Classic shell ftw! I hate everything in full screen..and that damn charm bar and HUGE clock popping in no matter what I did
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