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Cannot get used to the Charms bar

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    But the Charms bar doesn't do anything with the Desktop, it's just an interface to get to Start, sound, brightness, PC Settings, and to shut down and maybe connect to a projector without a keyboard shortcut or going around the Control Panel.

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  2. #12


    I's a waste of an active corner imho. I was so happy when I found the workaround to disable the active corner for it. It was blocking my own setting for active croners (I have a small utility were you can define functions to hot corners by yourself). I like the idea from the charms bar, but it's not important enough to be so prominent. I like the shortcut way better.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Ok, I know that the charms bar is there. I know how to access it.

    What causes me issues, is that i ALWAYS FORGET that the charms bar is context sensitive to the application that is running.

    I just spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to add my Google Gmail calendar to the Windows calendar app. Problem was, I couldn't figure out how to add the gmail account. I kept reading that you go into Settings and add it, but I kept going into settings from the Start Screen, and NOT from within the calendar app.

    Even after all this time of using Windows 8, and I'm still getting tripped up by these simple things.


    Anybody else having senior moments like this, or is this all me?

    BTW: My neighbor at work hates hearing me say Charms bar. Drives him nuts.
    I know that there is no such thing as a dumb question, but I have one that might come close. What do you mean when you say that the charms bar is "context sensitive"?
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  4. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    I know that there is no such thing as a dumb question, but I have one that might come close. What do you mean when you say that the charms bar is "context sensitive"?
    Hello Frank,

    Not a dumb question at all. It means that the Charms bar will have different options available in say the "Settings" charm based on where or what you have open when you open the Charms bar from within it. For example, from within a opened Metro app, or from the desktop vs the Start screen.

    EDIT:
    LOL, looks like we're thinking alike again.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    I know that there is no such thing as a dumb question, but I have one that might come close. What do you mean when you say that the charms bar is "context sensitive"?
    Not a dumb question at all. What I mean is that the items from the Charms setting option change depending upon which Metro app you have open at the time. So, if you are in the mail application, you will have options for adding accounts and whatnot when you to the Charms bar and hit the Settings option.
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  6. #16


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    I have finally discovered what my problem was concerning the charms bar being case sensitive. Whenever I opened it and clicked on Settings, it would bring up the same thing. It then dawned on me that for some reason, when I open an app, it first brings up the desktop and then the app. Therefore, clicking the Settings button would bring up things that had to do with the desktop. I did manage to open an application that did not first bring up the desktop. The Settings button then showed what had to do with the application. I'm not sure why it first brings up the desktop for just about everything (perhaps because I configured it the way I have it on Win7--I don't know. So if anyone else is having the same issue as I had, they may want to see what is running in the background when clicking the Setting button.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have no Settings to check (Charms), BUT, I'd like to have the ability to move Charms to other 3 sides of screen (top, bottom, left) like we used to do in other versions of Win. Taskbar (?).

    It would be much easier to hide/unhide at the bottom for me. Almost like the Dock (whatever Mac calls it), and like a few Dell computers offered in Win. 7.
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  8. #18


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    I have it disabled with classic shell.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by spddemun View Post
    I have no Settings to check (Charms), BUT, I'd like to have the ability to move Charms to other 3 sides of screen (top, bottom, left) like we used to do in other versions of Win. Taskbar (?).

    It would be much easier to hide/unhide at the bottom for me. Almost like the Dock (whatever Mac calls it), and like a few Dell computers offered in Win. 7.
    Yes it will be more easy, but the problem is that Microsoft want something that fit everything, PC, tablets, phone. On a phone or tablet , you can't have a menu that drop from the top apps like in about every Desktop application, and a Dock will not be practical on a Phone too. This is what Apple understand since a long time, but instead of falow the road of MS, they decide to make 2 OS , one for the tablet and phone ( IOS ) and one foe the desktop (OSX) And this is where Microsoft fail.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That makes sense, and I've yet to use/own a tablet, and am only familiar with how iP works.

    But isn't RT (?) what is running on current Surface and (will be on) new Win. phones coming out in Nov.? Then their other Surface coming out will have regular 8 OS?
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