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#16 +MikeChipshop

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 17:47

Here is the correct way to use the Windows 8 Start Screen. This is a screen shot of my Win 8 Pro Start Screen. I unpinned all the tablet suited apps and pinned ALL the desktop apps to make it like the old start menu! If you are a 100% desktop user like me, this is the way to go!


How very self absorbed of you.

The correct way to use the start screen, is to use it the way that suit's YOU as an individual the most. Simple.


^^^ Total sense, listen to him.


#17 BannanaNinja

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 17:52

Nope, this is the correct way, beacuse you have all the programs right there instantly! That is the most moronic thing i have ever heard, having to search for a progam to launch it, omg. I use alot of these programs almost everyday. Why would you have to type in a program every time you want to launch it, when you can have all the programs pinned right in front of you. Typing in a program equals a loss in productivity and takes more time. I assume you never used windows ever!


Not sure if you're being serious. Typing in the first couple letters of an app and pressing enter is incredibly faster. My most commonly used apps I have pinned to the taskbar and everything else I just use search. You don't have to type in the whole name, just the first couple characters and windows will find it.

#18 metallithrax

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 17:55

The correct way to use the start screen, is to use it the way that suit's YOU as an individual the most. Simple.


This is the truth. Everyone is different, and uses different software. Pin your most used to the startscreen/taskbar/desktop whichever you wish to use.

Personally, I use a mixture of start screen and desktop.

#19 McKay

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 17:58

Or use it how you damn well please :rofl:

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#20 JayPi

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 18:32

Not sure if you're being serious. Typing in the first couple letters of an app and pressing enter is incredibly faster. My most commonly used apps I have pinned to the taskbar and everything else I just use search. You don't have to type in the whole name, just the first couple characters and windows will find it.


I agree with this one. It's so much more productive to use "windows key, type and enter". Now that may sound like a lot of steps to just launch an app or program. But it's comparably far more effective than clicking the start screen and look for the tile and click it. Even on Windows 7 this way of launching programs is more effective than clicking through the start menu.

But when I think about it, people who prefers to keep their hands on the mouse likely won't agree with this approach. Oh, well.

#21 +Phouchg

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 18:59

I just love seeing how lcbwtver, formerly a staunch advocate of the old ways, XP or whatever they be, has all too suddenly turned 540 degrees, but preaching his baptism with the same ferocity and aura of holy righteousness. Things like that don't happen on their own, if you ask me. There's a fruitcake on that Start menu.

#22 Seketh

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 18:59

It's kinda funny people talk how horrible the Start Screen is and demand the Start Menu back, but just look at how many different Start Screens you have here.

Personalization for fast application access, the Start Menu really just works like the "All Apps" part of the Start Menu.

You guys that love the Start Menu are so full of crap.

I just love seeing how lcbwtver, formerly a staunch advocate of the old ways, XP or whatever they be, has all too suddenly turned 540 degrees, but preaching his baptism with the same ferocity and self-righteousness. Things like that don't happen on their own, if you ask me. There's a fruitcake on that Start menu.


It's like when someone tries something for real and ends up loving it! Weird, right?

#23 Tommy Wilde

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 19:04

The issue I have with the Start Screen (other than hideous an unnecessary) is that I put shortcuts to files on my desktop, not program shortcuts. If the start screen also included Jump lists with those icons, it may be a little better. Otherwise, I'll stick with FENCES. I use the start menu maybe once or twice a day, which is another reason why I don't need the start screen in my face all the time.

Sticking with WIN7. WIN8 installed, but not using it. Will wait to see what happens with WIN8.1.

#24 +Phouchg

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 19:04

It's like when someone tries something for real and ends up loving it! Weird, right?

It's ok to like it. Or love, whatever that is. It's totally not ok to not read the thread, to hear only what you want to hear, to advocate the only way in a way that even Windows 8 loving supporters consider distasteful and inappropriate. But - I realize my mistake one post too late - here we go again. There's a fruitcake on every menu today.

#25 trag3dy

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 19:11

I prefer the "don't use it at all" method.

#26 Raze

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 19:23

Right way, wrong way? To each their own way!

#27 AsherGZ

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 20:03

The problem with Start screen is that if you optimize it for maximum productivity, it looks ugly as hell. I don't like puking every time I switch on my computer or open one of the apps. If you go for looks, you'll have to move all your useful desktop apps way in the back. Or customize each individual tile to look consistent with the rest of the metro crap which seems like a lotta work. It's a Catch22. Maybe if Start menu had a way to save tile arrangements to allow quick switching between 'fugly but productive' and '8 bit flashy but useless' Start screen layouts.

#28 Ian W

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:36

Here is the correct way to use the Windows 8 Start Screen. This is a screen shot of my Win 8 Pro Start Screen. I unpinned all the tablet suited apps and pinned ALL the desktop apps to make it like the old start menu! If you are a 100% desktop user like me, this is the way to go!



If I may ask you a few questions.
Why don't you group your shortcuts?

Also, you stated that the reason you pinned "all of the desktop applications" was to make the Start screen similar to the old Start menu. Do you even use half of the shortcuts you pinned? If not, why don't you just pin the ones you use frequently?

#29 Raa

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:57

The correct way to use the start screen, is to use it the way that suit's YOU as an individual the most. Simple.

Thanks for saying that. Because for me, the way that suits is to press a button and have access to a menu that folds out. ;)

#30 Nick H.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:29

As others have said, there is no "correct" way to use the Start Screen. You're either using it or you're not, you can't be using it and getting it wrong.