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Apps screen too crowded.

  1. #1


    Posts : 21
    win 7-win 8 pro

    Apps screen too crowded.


    Hello,

    After using Win 8 for about a month ,there's one thing that really annoy me. When i install a program from the desktop screen and then go to the metro/modern screen, i end up with all kind of icons. For example i have the program icon then there are the ones for read me, release notes ,website and others. For one program i had eight icons. I know that we can have the same things on the desktop screen but at least there, they are easy to delete. I find that to remove those entries on the apps screen i have to go to the program folder and delete them and then go to the apps screen to delete them. If we end-up with lots of icons on the apps screen we better get ready for scrolling the screen a lot to find the program we want. Also, when we click the program icon it bring us to the desktop screen. So, i think that for the apps screen there should be only the program icon there and nothing else.

    What do you guys/gals think?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You can right click on an icon on the start menu and unpin it, no need to delete them from the programs folders.

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Aug 2012 at 11:43. Reason: added link for more info
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  3. #3


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    This is being discussed in another thread but if you don't like the icons on the Metro screen just multi select the ones you don't like and delete them, it takes only seconds. My guess is when current applications start to get updates with Windows 8 in mind there will be an option during install asking if we want icons on the start screen just like we currently get asked if we want icons on the desktop.

    EDIT: Mystere beat me to it.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    This is definitely one of my big problems with the start screen idea. With the old start menu, the items were all hierarchical, a folder for each app (or a folder fo rthe publisher, then one for the app). Generally all but ONE of the icons are "useless" and so they were NOT put on the desktop, but occasionally you DO need one of them and they were always there safely tucked away "hidden" on the start menu when you do.

    With Metro, they are all right there in your face. And if you dare delete them from the start screen, then how do you get them back? There is no start menu to go to to be able to browse through all the programs that are really installed that you only need to use once or twice a month. You actually have to bring up explorer and go spelunking the program files and program files x86 folders by hand to find an installed program that you deleted the icon off the metro screen for because it was so cluttery.

    THis makes the metro screen a seriously underwhelming replacement for the start menu when you have many and in some cases large software packages installed
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  5. #5


    Bahrain
    Posts : 154
    Triple Boot: Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Release Preview, Virtual Machine ( Windows 8 )


    Unpinning is the best way for keeping a start screen Perfect.. See my Start Screen.. Here's My Screen
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  6. #6


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    This is definitely one of my big problems with the start screen idea. With the old start menu, the items were all hierarchical, a folder for each app (or a folder fo rthe publisher, then one for the app). Generally all but ONE of the icons are "useless" and so they were NOT put on the desktop, but occasionally you DO need one of them and they were always there safely tucked away "hidden" on the start menu when you do.

    With Metro, they are all right there in your face. And if you dare delete them from the start screen, then how do you get them back? There is no start menu to go to to be able to browse through all the programs that are really installed that you only need to use once or twice a month. You actually have to bring up explorer and go spelunking the program files and program files x86 folders by hand to find an installed program that you deleted the icon off the metro screen for because it was so cluttery.

    THis makes the metro screen a seriously underwhelming replacement for the start menu when you have many and in some cases large software packages installed
    And in Windows 7 if you delete a shortcut from your Start Menu you have to go spelunking in Explorer hierarchy, create a shortcut and move that shortcut into another Start Menu hierarchy to where it once originated. So what's the difference? At least in Windows 8 all you do is right click the program in Explorer and select "Pin to Start Screen". You complain that there is no hierarchy in Metro then complain you have to navigate a hierarchy in Explorer to get your icon back.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Another thing, you can simply open the start menu (with the windows key) and start typing the name and it will show up in the search list, whether it's pinned the start menu or not.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    This is definitely one of my big problems with the start screen idea. With the old start menu, the items were all hierarchical, a folder for each app (or a folder fo rthe publisher, then one for the app). Generally all but ONE of the icons are "useless" and so they were NOT put on the desktop, but occasionally you DO need one of them and they were always there safely tucked away "hidden" on the start menu when you do.

    With Metro, they are all right there in your face. And if you dare delete them from the start screen, then how do you get them back? There is no start menu to go to to be able to browse through all the programs that are really installed that you only need to use once or twice a month. You actually have to bring up explorer and go spelunking the program files and program files x86 folders by hand to find an installed program that you deleted the icon off the metro screen for because it was so cluttery.

    THis makes the metro screen a seriously underwhelming replacement for the start menu when you have many and in some cases large software packages installed
    And in Windows 7 if you delete a shortcut from your Start Menu you have to go spelunking in Explorer hierarchy, create a shortcut and move that shortcut into another Start Menu hierarchy to where it once originated. So what's the difference? At least in Windows 8 all you do is right click the program in Explorer and select "Pin to Start Screen". You complain that there is no hierarchy in Metro then complain you have to navigate a hierarchy in Explorer to get your icon back.
    You didn't NEED to delete anything from there though because that was NOT the primary place to go to launch your daily programs, the task bar was. Task bar clean, used every day dozens of times a day. Start menu crowded (Though a LOT more organized than the metro start screen) but contains
    everything you need when you need it on rare occasions. Still FAR superior to using the start screen as a launch point.

    And if you REALLY had a lot of stuff installed, the start menu could be edited and new groups installed in any hierarchy you wanted to facilitate faster access than the default install points. So still better, than the Metro screen...

    Metro screen, ok for installing and using metro apps. Lousy for desktop apps.

    Once more the star menu should have been kept for desktop use and the metro start used soley for metro apps (and windowed!)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    Little trick I use. I go to the desktop, right click on the task bar and add the desktop from the toolbar. If you click on the desktop on the taskbar, you see basically all that is on your computer, and if you want you can copy anything from it and put it on your desktop.
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  10. #10


    Looks like the jury is still out on this one. This is my "Metro". It works better for me than a cluttered legacy desktop or cramped taskbar.

    Click image for larger version
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