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How are YOU using your Start Screen?

  1. #41


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    The start screen for me is a startup-to-the-app-I-want-to-use-next/conduit-to-the-desktop-to-use-it screen--with minor exception. Ignoring the few exceptions, the programs on my start screen are a subset of the programs I would tend to first want to access and use on the desktop upon leaving the start screen, for example, after starting up to it. Here is a pic of what I am trying to say.
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  2. #42


    Atlanta, GA
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS


    I use the start screen as a start screen, but I mostly use the taskbar in desktop mode.

    Some things are in the start screen that I do not keep on the taskbar, but if it's a program I use a lot, it's probably on the taskbar. I keep icons on my desktop so My Computer and Control Panel are desktop icons.

    The Apps from the Store are ok. I would not say I have to have any of them. I use the weather one a lot. The other ones, not so much. I expect some of the apps will develop nicely, but, so far, I prefer using the browser for espn, hulu, netflix, etc.

    I did not use the Start Menu that much either in previous versions of Windows.

    I don't hate the new start screen, I never really used the windows flag key before, but it's not an essential part of my workflow.
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  3. #43


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I use the Start Screen for a general overview, several shortcuts for MS Office, PDF reader etc., just trying to keep everything on a single screen (no swiping left/right). On my desktop, I am using Start8 by Stardock - with the Win8 style of Start menu:-) As I have always used start menu basically for Win+search and shutdown, I am happy. Sometimes, from Start Screen, I even go to mail - I just like the Metro full screen view of the apps (and in Office 2013 too...).
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  4. #44


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    Yes, I try to avoid having to move (scroll in my case) right also.
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  5. #45


    as the launchpad to everything, programs, themes, websites, wallpapers, settings, files, etc.
    The Windows key is boss !
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  6. #46


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    I use it basically for app suites I have, I find the organization nice. It'd be good if I could get it like that on desktop (like, the suites in a box thing on my desktop instead of shortcuts in a folder for Adobe CS6 Master Collection and MSOFFICE 2013).

    I'd enjoy the Start Screen more if you could edit the tiles with custom full tile images (like a custom grid image in Steam or Launcher7 )
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  7. #47


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    The start screen for me is a startup-to-the-app-I-want-to-use-next/conduit-to-the-desktop-to-use-it screen--with minor exception. Ignoring the few exceptions, the programs on my start screen are a subset of the programs I would tend to first want to access and use on the desktop upon leaving the start screen, for example, after starting up to it. Here is a pic of what I am trying to say.
    That is a nice start screen. How did you manage to get a wallpaper as background.
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  8. #48


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    The start screen for me is a startup-to-the-app-I-want-to-use-next/conduit-to-the-desktop-to-use-it screen--with minor exception. Ignoring the few exceptions, the programs on my start screen are a subset of the programs I would tend to first want to access and use on the desktop upon leaving the start screen, for example, after starting up to it. Here is a pic of what I am trying to say.
    That is a nice start screen. How did you manage to get a wallpaper as background.
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  9. #49


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  10. #50


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    That is a nice start screen. How did you manage to get a wallpaper as background.
    Not directed at me, but I am using Decor8 by Stardock to achieve this.
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