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Mouse click to invoke Metro UI

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    Mouse click to invoke Metro UI


    Mouse click to invoke Metro UI If you have a mouse with programmable buttons: The Windows Key is 'ctrl-esc' I have a Logitech mouse with programmable buttons. In the Logitech button settings you can program any button to go to the Metro UI: 1.) Go to your mouse settings; 2.) Choose a button; 3.) Select 'Keystroke Assignment; 4.) in the resulting 'Specify Keystroke' - Keystroke window: 5.) Simultaneously press Ctrl and Esc. 6.) Note: In the Logitech example, you cannot use your keyboard key-by-key to enter ctrl+esc. You must simultaneously press the control and escape key in the above window. [Hold down ctrl and esc] Worked for me. Explanation: I was frustrated that W8 dumped me into the old W7 desktop when I exited an application -- even if I started the application in Metro UI. Then I had to go back to keyboard to press Windows key. Now I have a mouse button to get me back to Metro UI. Editorial comment - DWJ: I think W8 should default to the Metro UI upon exit from any application. After many months of objecting to W8, I now like it -- but I do not like the extra key press on the Windows Key [on the keyboard] to get me back to Metro UI -- where I started. If Microsoft wants me to use the Metro UI, then Microsoft should dump me into the Metro UI whenever I exit any app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwjohnson View Post
    Editorial comment - DWJ: I think W8 should default to the Metro UI upon exit from any application. After many months of objecting to W8, I now like it -- but I do not like the extra key press on the Windows Key [on the keyboard] to get me back to Metro UI -- where I started. If Microsoft wants me to use the Metro UI, then Microsoft should dump me into the Metro UI whenever I exit any app.
    "Horses for Courses."
    I don't like Metro and I don't like having to swap from it to the Desktop.

    This highlights the problem that a lot of people are complaining about, no control over the GUI.

    If MS weren't being a "bunch of jerks", they would have included a setting to control the GUI:

    • Always show Metro
    • "I'm feeling lucky"
    • Always show the Desktop


    One simple setting would satisfy the "Metro lovers" and the "Desktop lovers", but MS "knows better" than the users.
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    This highlights the problem that a lot of people are complaining about, no control over the GUI.

    If MS weren't being a "bunch of jerks", they would have included a setting to control the GUI:

    • Always show Metro
    • "I'm feeling lucky"
    • Always show the Desktop


    One simple setting would satisfy the "Metro lovers" and the "Desktop lovers", but MS "knows better" than the users.
    It would be nice to have the option to select the screen to start up with... Metro or Desktop.. but no such luck. I hope we get that one day but I'm not going to hold my breath over it.


    The way I look at it is like this.. I just have to "suck it up and deal with it". Do I like that option.. no but I've been told that so many times I'm used to it.
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