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Organizing Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro

    Organizing Windows 8


    Hello,

    Right, so I've always had issues with organization in the past, but I'd like to start fresh with Windows 8. Here's my current setup:

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    In order to minimize clutter I'm using Launchy as my main way of getting to my programs and games. I'm trying to avoid redundancy, so I'm not sure what I should put on the taskbar nor what I should put on the desktop itself. I was thinking of only using apps on the Metro UI and putting shortcuts to common folders on the taskbar (it seems I can only pin to file explorer and not have individual icons for each folder).

    Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 14
    Win 7 Pro


    Does Launchy do anything that you can't do just by typing in the start screen? It's been so many years since I used Launchy, I can't remember if it has any functions that you can't achieve natively in Windows 8...
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by wglmb View Post
    Does Launchy do anything that you can't do just by typing in the start screen? It's been so many years since I used Launchy, I can't remember if it has any functions that you can't achieve natively in Windows 8...
    I found it alot faster than using the search in the Charm Bar. It's as simple as typing in the first few characters of a name of a program and it'll instantly find it. I can also specify which folders to index and what file types to filter. I normally wouldn't have used it in a Windows 7 environment, but I find it quite useful in Windows 8.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I believe you can do the same with the indexed search settings.

    Personally, I've tried around with different usage patterns myself, and the one that makes sense to me, considering I use the Start Screen, is to not have anything pinned to the Desktop or Taskbar like yours. I launch everything from Start when I need it. I find it as the Desktop is the main performance stage, where Start is the backstage to grab a prop or two.

    Try pinning a folder or a Library or hard drive to the Start Screen by right clicking it while in Explorer and hitting Pin to Start. Makes things easier.
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  5. #5


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    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't miss Start Menu at all: Here's Why

    - might give you some ideas using toolbars - the desktop toolbar, with the desktop icons hidden, can be a powerful way to access all your programs and important folders without any clutter.
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