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        14 Apr 2014, 3:04 pm

        Missing the Start Button? (Issue 51) by Tiamari

        Missing the Start Button?

        So now that you know that the spanking new Windows 8 does not have a Start Button, what are you gonna do about it?

        Instead of chewing off your wrists, try one of the following fixes:

        Create a Start Menu Toolbar

        It’s not a well-known feature, but Windows can create toolbars that show the contents of a folder on its taskbar. This means that you can create a pseudo-Start menu without installing any other software on Windows 8. Just create a new toolbar that points at the Start menu’s Programs folder.

        • From the desktop, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select “New toolbar.”

        • Type the following path into the Choose a folder window:

        %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

        • Click the “Select Folder” button and you’ll get a Programs menu on your taskbar.

        • Right-click the taskbar and uncheck “Lock the taskbar” if you want to move the new Programs menu around.

        • Drag and drop the grip at the left side of the toolbar to place it somewhere else on the taskbar, like at its left side — the Start menu’s traditional location.

        • Right-click the “Programs” text if you want to change or hide its name. After you’re finished, right-click the taskbar again and select “Lock the taskbar.”

        • There’s one catch with this method — it won’t actually show all your programs. The Start menu actually grabs shortcuts from two different places. In addition to the system-wide ProgramData location, there’s a per-user Programs folder at the following location:

        %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

        • You could create a second toolbar to list programs from this folder, or perhaps move shortcuts from the %AppData% location to the %ProgramData% location.

        • Another option is creating a custom folder full of program shortcuts and using a toolbar that points at that folder instead.

        Download the HP Quick Start App

        HP Quick Start is a Windows 8 software application that provides a familiar way to open apps from the Windows desktop. It seems to also work just fine on non-HP computers!

        The app can be downloaded from here: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59485.exe

        Handy Tip

        Pressing the Windows key + X brings up a useful menu!

        Have Fun with Windows 8, and remember to visit www.tiamari.com again!

        Sources

        http://www.howtogeek.com/107711/how-to-get-the-classic-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/ http://www8.hp.com/za/en/home.html

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