Thanks for your amazingly fast reply. I will discuss the article to which you linked.
Please keep in mind that my objective is to boot directly to Safe Mode (or to the other boot options described in the tutorial, e.g., Safe Mode with Networking, With Command Prompt, etc.) without first booting into Windows. This is important because if my computer fails to boot for any reason, and I cannot boot directly to Safe Mode for troubleshooting, then my only other choice is to make a wholesale change to my system via Refresh, Reset, restoring a backup image or a factory reset.
OPTION ONE is only possible if you can boot into Windows 8 normally.
OPTION TWO is only possible if you can boot into Windows 8 normally.
OPTION THREE states "You will not be able to boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen using this option."
OPTION FOUR states "You will not be able to boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen using this option."
OPTION FIVE states "You will only see this option if you added Windows 8 Safe Mode to the Windows boot manager." Option Five allows me to boot directly to Safe Mode, but only if I don't mind seeing the "Choose an operating system" screen every time I boot my computer.
OPTION SIX is the option I tried, with the results I described: There is no Windows Startup Settings icon in the Advanced Options window.
I noticed that the tutorial was originally published on September 14, 2011. It appears that things may not work the same way in the released 'retail' version of the Windows 8 install disc. Nevertheless, I would be glad to be corrected or shown another way to boot directly to Safe Mode in Windows 8. It may be that Microsoft in its wisdom decided that we shall not do this any longer.
Although it might seem that I'm obsessed with Safe Mode in Windows 8, I am not. I merely have an abiding interest in the subject.
I read elsewhere that if you are unable to boot into Windows 8 normally after numerous attempts, Windows will automatically load the Advanced Startup Options screen, from which you can choose to go to Windows Startup Settings and from there to Safe Mode (or any of the other startup choices available.)
I can't see anything in my copy of Windows 8 that says Windows will restart automatically but I did see a checkbox option in Control Panel > Systems Properties > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Time to display recovery options when needed.
If you or any other EightForums members have had the experience, and can confirm that Safe Mode can be reached in this way, that would satisfy my concern: It would mean that Safe Mode is accessible if you can't boot Windows normally.
Of course, Safe Mode has other handy uses, like deleting files that are locked when Windows loads normally, but for those uses it's perfectly fine to access Safe Mode after booting in to Windows 8.
In my copy of Windows 8, there was no check mark in Control Panel > Systems Properties > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Time to display recovery options when needed. I had to put that check mark there myself. Word to the wise!