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Organizing Windows 8


Omlet

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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? :rolleyes:
 

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wglmb

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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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Omlet

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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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Coke Robot

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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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    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
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    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
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    HP COMPAQ Presario CQ57
    CPU
    AMD E- 300 APU with Radion HD Graphics 1.30GHz
    Motherboard
    inbuilt
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    notebook
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST9500325AS
    Google drive 15GB
    Skydrive 25GB
    BT Cloud
    PSU
    external 20v
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    Laptop
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    pretty good
    Keyboard
    inbuilt
    Mouse
    touchpad
    Internet Speed
    BT Infinity Unlimited - 80 up 20 down =70/16 really
    Browser
    Chrome Canary usually
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    no Start menu modifications
    Upgraded with no issues to 8.0 and to 8.1

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