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#211 Pettor

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 17:07

Does someone know the shortcut for zooming out in the Metro interface?


#212 Anthonyd

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 17:27

Does someone know the shortcut for zooming out in the Metro interface?

ctrl+mouse wheel. It's pretty much standard since a while.

#213 Pettor

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 17:30

ctrl+mouse wheel. It's pretty much standard since a while.


Yeah, and that's what I thought would be logical. However, it doesn't work so maybe a problem with the VM. Thanks anyway!

#214 Subhadip

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 18:00

The keyboard-only shortcut for semantic zoom is Ctrl+-, out is Ctrl++.

#215 rorrr

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:27

when Microsoft announced* the removal of Aero glass, they said Windows 8 would allow users to choose a taskbar color that was different from the window color. in the RTM Windows 8 Enterprise leak, this is not present in the GUI. however, you can keep achieve this look by changing EnableWindowColorization to 0 in regedit. example: http://i48.tinypic.com/qzhm3q.jpg

*see section: Updating the visual appearance of the desktop

#216 rorrr

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 16:48

in the RTM leak, you can set the window color black and have a different color taskbar. this isn't particularly elegant, but maybe someone can use this to discover some better tweaks.

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I've found that the taskbar color will usually be darker or lighter than whatever you choose, or even a completely different color based on the ColorizationColorBalance value

some more screenshots:

http://i50.tinypic.com/ivipmp.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/b67zgy.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/20jredf.jpg


how to:

- select your desired color in Personalize under Control Panel
- open regedit
- find ColorizationColorBalance entry in regedit (\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM)
- right click ColorizationColorBalance. choose modify. make sure hexadecimal is selected
- to make the active window black and inactive windows white, set ColorizationColorBalance to ffffffff
- to make the active window black inactive windows grey, set ColorizationColorBalance to 80ffffff
- sign out and sign back in


you can also set the taskbar color using hex code

- find a hex color code: http://web.njit.edu/...in/rgb.txt.html
- or find an rgb color code http://www.tayloredmktg.com/rgb/ and convert it using this hex tool: http://tweaks.com/wi...argb-converter/
- right click ColorizationColor. choose modify. type the hex code into the value field, make sure hexadecimal is selected
- sign out and sign back in

#217 Unrealistic

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 00:02

Can someone explain how you sort the items on your desktop by their names?

#218 +BeerFan

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 19:04

Can someone explain how you sort the items on your desktop by their names?


Right-click the Desktop, select Sort by -> Name.

#219 Unrealistic

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:46

Right-click the Desktop, select Sort by -> Name.


That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.

#220 +Yorak

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:50

That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.


It is...

#221 +Fractalizer

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:50

Is there anyway I can make the scale of the metro screen smaller so I can fit more on it without that scroll bar at the bottom?

#222 Shane Nokes

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:51

That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.


Yes it is...unless you are not meaning on the desktop...
Are you meaning on the start screen?

#223 grayscale

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:54

That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.

It still is:

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#224 Shane Nokes

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 00:55

Is there anyway I can make the scale of the metro screen smaller so I can fit more on it without that scroll bar at the bottom?

There is if you're running at a high enough resolution. When you're on the start screen press Win+I and click on tiles. If your screen is at a high enough resolution it will allow you to change the setting to show more tiles. :)

#225 +Fractalizer

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:01

There is if you're running at a high enough resolution. When you're on the start screen press Win+I and click on tiles. If your screen is at a high enough resolution it will allow you to change the setting to show more tiles. :)

Im at 1920x1080 and all I have is the option to show administrative tools.



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