(assuming you're saying it distracts you)
I disagree; when something pops up on my screen (however small) my attention immediately turns to it, even if it's just for a second or two. If I'm writing something in Word, and I want to look something up, what I'd do in Windows 7 is press the Win key -> a small window pops up and I immediately divert my attention to it -> I type in "Internet Explorer" or something similar -> ensure that what I'm pressing enter for _is_ Internet Explorer -> launch Internet Explorer and divert my attention to it. In Windows 8 that flow would look something ilke: press the Win key -> the screen changes, and I immediately divert my attention to it -> I type in "Internet Explorer" or something similar -> ensure that what I'm pressing enter for _is_ Internet Explorer (which is easier thanks to the large tile) -> launch IE and divert my attention to it. (or, alternatively) press the Win key -> the screen changes, and I immediately divert my attention to it -> type whatever I want to look up -> pick Internet Explorer in the list of search apps -> divert my attention to it.
ofc, if your usage pattern differs from mine (like, say, you don't naturally try and confirm what you're launching is what you want to launch, or if you don't have your attention diverted by smaller windows) then ignore the above (:
An even quicker way to do the above would be from ANYWHERE in the OS you are, desktop, start screen, app/program, go to Charms (win+C, swiping from the right, mousing to the upper/lower right corner) and select Search.
OR... just hit Win + Q to bring up Search.
Type in what you wish to search then select ANY app to use to search including Internet Explorer which will use Bing or your default search engine to search the internet.
I didn't mention Win+I/F/W as those lead you to specific types of searches, though you can choose another type easily.
Once you get used to this method you'll find you can search for anything on the computer or on the internet from wherever you happen to be in the OS. And, I do mean ANYTHING from ANYWHERE.
P.S. I'd recommend for some of you, "I don't need apps taking up the full screen," folks to try snapped view. I can work on any number of programs with any number of open windows while keeping news, Tweetro, certain games, or whatever snapped to the left or right as I prefer. You could conceivably have 10 viewable windows open at once including snap.
Why that would be necessary short of being an android, I don't know. But, you can do it.