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Send program shortcuts automatically to start screen.

  1. #1


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Send program shortcuts automatically to start screen.




    So there's my start screen and as you can see, the only program that is not Windows' built-in is Skype but actually I've installed several programs. The problem is, the installed programs don't appear on the start screen, like what windows 8.0 did. They showed on the app screen. My windows is MSDN 8.1 Pro.

    How to set all installed programs to appear on start screen?

    Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hello partogi,

    I do not think there is a way to automatically do that at present; however, this link provides an intuitive way to do it manually after each program/app install. You probably already new how but I just wanted to make sure and also confirm your observation. Good luck.

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...installed-apps

    BTW, I see we are on the same page again. What a coincidence...
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  3. #3


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello my2cents, thanks for replying.

    It's too bad they don't include the option for programs to be automatically listed on start screen. Also, I can't see network estimated usage anymore.

    BTW, I see we are on the same page again. What a coincidence...
    Yea, perhaps a fated encounter.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Also, I can't see network estimated usage anymore.
    That's interesting because I thought it was supposed to work if the option were enabled. However, I don't have a network configuration that would support that feature but see here for more information;

    Track Your Data Usage With Windows 8.1 | Lifehacker Australia

    Yea, perhaps a fated encounter.
    We need to stay in touch!
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by partogi View Post


    So there's my start screen and as you can see, the only program that is not Windows' built-in is Skype but actually I've installed several programs. The problem is, the installed programs don't appear on the start screen, like what windows 8.0 did. They showed on the app screen. My windows is MSDN 8.1 Pro.

    How to set all installed programs to appear on start screen?

    Thank you.
    On the Apps Screen, choose sort "by date installed". Right click on the apps you want selected. Choose Pin to Start.
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  6. #6


    "Pin to Start" will also be on right-click context menu of executables in File Explorer.

    Along these lines I find handy also: "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Also, I can't see network estimated usage anymore.
    That's interesting because I thought it was supposed to work if the option were enabled. However, I don't have a network configuration that would support that feature but see here for more information;

    Track Your Data Usage With Windows 8.1 | Lifehacker Australia
    Just an update here. So, I did test it on 8.1 Preview and it still works but this laptop has wifi w/no special network configuration. So, I'm wondering if wifi is a prerequisite for this feature to work or is it just missing from 8.1 RTM because I do not have a PC with wifi capabilities running on 8.1 RTM.

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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Also, I can't see network estimated usage anymore.
    That's interesting because I thought it was supposed to work if the option were enabled. However, I don't have a network configuration that would support that feature but see here for more information;

    Track Your Data Usage With Windows 8.1 | Lifehacker Australia
    Just an update here. So, I did test it on 8.1 Preview and it still works but this laptop has wifi w/no special network configuration. So, I'm wondering if wifi is a prerequisite for this feature to work or is it just missing from 8.1 RTM because I do not have a PC with wifi capabilities running on 8.1 RTM.

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  9. #9


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That's interesting because I thought it was supposed to work if the option were enabled. However, I don't have a network configuration that would support that feature but see here for more information
    Wow, my bad. I don't know that it should be enabled on network settings.

    I can see my network usage now, Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    "Pin to Start" will also be on right-click context menu of executables in File Explorer.
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post

    Along these lines I find handy also: "Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8

    Cool stuff. Thanks for this.

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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    So, in summary, we have confirmed that the data measuring feature does exist in Windows 8.1 RTM; however, there appears to be an additional requirement to have wifi capabilities or that feature will not be visible (per my testing with my 8.1 RTM desktop with no wifi capabilities). I am just using an ethernet connection to a router and I did not have that option. Now, if anyone else can add additional information to either confirm or dispute this discovery, it would be much appreciated, as we continue to evaluate the new 8.1 RTM.

    Cheers!
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