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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:36

I noticed that the show desktop button that's not visible is smaller when you click on it. Is the show desktop button smaller in Windows 8.1 or is it just me. I remember it being much larger in Windows 8. I am surpised no one noticed this in Windows 8.1. Did Microsoft make a goof when adding the start button or was it intentional?

 

I took a screenshot below, I definitely think the button is smaller

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#2 Thrackerzod

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:38

I am guessing it is intentional, and it looks better this way to me. It seemed unnecessarily large before.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:41

Looks fine but I never use it.  I use the Windows key and D



#4 Max Norris

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:42

It seemed unnecessarily large before.

Ditto that, you already know you just move the mouse to the bottom right to peek or toggle the desktop if you're a mouser, the visual clue was kind of a waste of tray space. Eh, not like 7's was ginormous to begin with either though.

 

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#5 OP Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:42

It is really bugging me because its so darn smaller now and I do use it to show the desktop in many instances.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:43

I don't believe it is a mistaken since it looks fine. Also, why does it matter if it looks smaller than the one in Windows 7? :huh:



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:45

I don't believe it is a mistaken since it looks fine. Also, why does it matter if it looks smaller than the one in Windows 7? :huh:

Its noticeably smaller than in Windows 8. I remember the button slightly bigger in Windows 8.  Its irking me a lot.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:45

Mine shows flat and barely invisible.   :D



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:48

The button is not visible when its not clicked, but when you go the extreme right of the taskbar and click it, highlights it.  Microsoft must have shrunken the button or something. I surprised no one has noticed this in Windows 8.1



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:51

Its noticeably smaller than in Windows 8. I remember the button slightly bigger in Windows 8.  Its irking me a lot.

Well they tried to decrease the size of various UI elements in 8.1. (e.g. window borders) I never noticed it was smaller until you mentioned it. Probably because I rarely use it, but it still looks OK. :)



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 17:53

 Windows 7 users have glossy button but mine doesn't.  :p



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 18:39

 Windows 7 users have glossy button but mine doesn't.  :p

You using a custom theme then? :)



#13 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 18:51

it is much smaller on windows 8.1 than it was on windows 7



#14 Ian W

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 22:08

It is definitely smaller. I'm not sure what Microsoft was thinking. The new size doesn't help either desktop or touchscreen users in any way. Perhaps my least favorite change in Windows 8.1.
 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 22:12

It saves room. That's good enough for me.