Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a makeshift Start button on the desktop, part of Windows 8 Tips and Tricks.
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There's one complaint I hear very often from people who've switched to Windows 8. And that is how much they miss the Start button in the old desktop environment. Here in Windows 8 when we click the desktop tile to go to that environment and check out our taskbar. There's no Start Button in the bottom left corner. In the previous movie we were able to pin some things to our taskbar. Some shortcut items. We also added the desktop toolbar but people still want that Start button or at least something familiar or similar to that start button.
And there is an option that we're going to explore right now. The first thing though, to make sure is that, in File explorer we're able to see hidden files and folders. So let's launch file explorer directly from the taskbar, it's one of the default icons. And from here we'll go to the View tab and click the check boxes to File name extensions as well as Hidden items and then we'll close this up. This is going to help us as we browse to a Start menu toolbar we can add to our taskbar. So I'll right click again on the taskbar.
And this time go up to Toolbars and create a new toolbar by selecting New Toolbar. Now we need to navigate to the location of the Start Menu Toolbar. So, we'll go to our hard drive, then Users. Double click that folder. Find your account, mine's David. I'll double click that. Double click AppData. Next, double click Roaming, then Microsoft. And, as we scroll over to the right we need to double click Windows, and here's where we're going to find one called Start Menu.
Select it by clicking once, and then click the Select folder button. All of a sudden now we have a Start menu toolbar showing up on our taskbar down here at the bottom right. Notice the double arrows. When we click that, we see programs. We move up to that. We see certain programs we can launch directly from here, but also some sub folders like Windows system, Accessories and Tools, Ease of access tools. There's Windows Accessories, we have our Notepad.
Start up items can be added here as well. Maintenance and Admin tools. It's similar to a Start button. Not exactly what we're used to in previous versions of Windows but it is a makeshift Start button and if you'd rather have it in the bottom left hand corner... Just go to the Start menu text, click, you'll see the four-sided arrow, and drag it all the way over to the left, until it appears on the far left side. And now we can go to the separator between Start menu programs and the rest of our buttons.
And drag that separator over until Programs disappears. Now we have Start menu first and then our shortcut buttons. And at any time we can go to that double arrow and access our Start menu options from our brand new Start menu toolbar. A make shift Start button here in the old desktop environment in Windows 8.
- Protecting yourself from unrecognized applications
- Activating the Quick Access menu
- Booting directly to the desktop
- Shutting down with one click
- Navigating and running apps from the keyboard
- Customizing menus and screens
- Displaying all applications in one place
- Capturing screenshots to your Pictures folder
- Fine-tuning your power settings
- Optimizing your hard drive
- Preventing users from uninstalling applications
- Creating a virtual drive