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Reflecting on your comments on the Start screen

  1. #11


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    As a Metro hater, this is encouraging. Only thing that made me cringe is the writer's inability to understand that the word "data" is plural.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Travis View Post
    As a Metro hater, this is encouraging. Only thing that made me cringe is the writer's inability to understand that the word "data" is plural.
    LOL! In modern vernacular, Colonel Travis, it is both singular and plural.

    Indeed, us purists prefer "datum" but, generally speaking, there is no longer a difference.
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  3. #13


    I don't like the metro, and hope they include a classic start menu with win8.
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  4. #14


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    window 8 developer preview


    i only have one issue with the new start screen. there need to be "close" button easily accessible for the new cool apps
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  5. #15


    When Windows booted for the first time in WDP my eyes opened wide and I said, "Oh the possibilities!" With my friends watching in the background with me being the geek I am. I almost quickly saddened as the tiles and navigating became harder and harder to work with. In spite I gave a sigh and shut the lid of my netbook to back to it later.

    When I logged back in later that day, I said to myself, "Let's look at this one tile at a time..." and as I did that I grew faster and faster at learning how to put this new power at my finger tips... err mouse that is. As shown below I have a screenshot of my start screen and how I put tiles to work for me:
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    As you can tell I put my most used apps, even as shortcuts to make my work go much faster. The developers are on to something here. Now lets add some touch gestures and BAM; you have yourself a slick and smooth app browser.

    Sure, the user assist from XP and on proved useful but I rarely used it. I would put icons littered all over my desktop and on Win 7 in my taskbar tagged to "save time". But lets be honest. That adds clutter and clutter means less space, more time, and above all confusion.

    Let's ditch the desktop. Let's forget about user assist. Let's put things right at our finger tips, and quite literally too.

    Let's turn on or wake up, login, and work or play without time bashing us down.

    For instance, I want to talk to my friends on WLM:
    On XP, Program in start menu, no desktop icon or user assist. 4 Clicks, 15 seconds (not including load time)
    On Windows 7, Pinned to Start Menu, 2 clicks, 3 seconds
    On Windows 8, Pinned as a tile, 1 click, not even a second.

    This is all about speed my friends, and that, is welcome on any of my computers.
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  6. #16


    Behind you
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    Windows 7 SP1 + Linux Mint KDE x64


    Hmm I'm not too worried about speed as much because I'm one of the lucky few who have a touch display... but here is my start screen:

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    I like it... I just wish that Windows 7 apps can open in the Metro UI, that would be nice...
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  7. #17


    I like the start screen Eve. How'd you make the additional groups? I've been trying to sort my start menu better.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by adntech View Post
    I like the start screen Eve. How'd you make the additional groups? I've been trying to sort my start menu better.
    To make a new group, just drag a tile and split the groups you already have:

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  9. #19


    Thanks man. I actually figured it out toying around with the start screen. -- On a second note how'd you get the custom colors? I was going to color code my tiles.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by adntech View Post
    Thanks man. I actually figured it out toying around with the start screen. -- On a second note how'd you get the custom colors? I was going to color code my tiles.
    See beginning here (and elsewhere on the forum - I have discussed this at length) :

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...html#post32385
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