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Cannot get used to the Charms bar

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    Cannot get used to the Charms bar


    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.

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    I always call it the fairy wand. I don't mind it too much now they have managed to get it under control.
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    I didn't even know it's context sensitive. Thanks!
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    Neither did I.

    I have only looked at it a few times.

    I don't see the point of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't see the point of it.
    A centralized menu system to be used by all of the apps to provide a consistent place to look. Rather than have Tools, Options, something within the actual application, the Charms bar becomes the go to location for these things. It's similar to what Apple OSX has done with the menu system at the top which changes based upon the application you are in.

    As expected, its similar to how a phone would work.
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    Probably because I haven't seen an app. of any use to me.

    Except possibly the news app. - I gave up on that as it is so hard to turn the damn thing off.

    Perhaps there might be something worth bothering with in future.
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    It's kind of how a smartphone app would work, but instead, it's just a central, homogenized location for app settings and such, basically so the metro design and app content is at the fore front. And yeah, it's also like that file menu in mac os. I've tried to use, that but to me, it's just confusing. Why isn't there a system wide file menu...

    I view it as just another UI element where app settings are changed.

    You could just call it the Start Bar instead of Charms.
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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Except possibly the news app. - I gave up on that as it is so hard to turn the damn thing off.
    Lol, yea of course it is.
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    Well I just learned something... LOL! It works kind of like the bar at the top in OSx, whatever program is open the bar has settings and controls for that. Nice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haxcid View Post
    Well I just learned something... LOL! It works kind of like the bar at the top in OSx, whatever program is open the bar has settings and controls for that. Nice...
    I loathe those disembodied menus.
    I often swap from one program window, directly to the menu in a different one.

    Gnome 3 uses them in Linux distros.
    That's why I still have Ubuntu 10 (Gnome 2) on my PC.

    Linux Mint 13 MATE also has the standard style of GUI.
    If I hadn't already customised Ubuntu 10 to suit myself, I'd install Linux Mint 13.
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