Walker News

How To Use Windows 8 Start Screen Like Windows 7 Start Menu?

Even without touchscreen and installing 3rd party app to revert Windows 8 Style to old Windows style, am still happy to use Windows 8 on both of my office Desktop and laptop that built for Windows 7.

In fact, there is really not much difference in term of user interaction with the latest Microsoft Windows as compare to Windows 7/Vista. After playing few days and getting familiar with this Modern UI style, I can’t resist saying like it and refuse to go back for Windows 7 (definitely NO for Vista/XP)!

Similarities between Windows 8 and old Windows (in term of user interaction):



Start menu

Good news! The bloody old Start menu that exists since Windows 95 is removed from Windows 8. The cascading style of Start menu is replaced by Start screen, which shows all program shortcuts at one glance and can easily scroll horizontally using mouse’s scroll wheel.

Old Windows: click the Start button and navigate the Start menu (tired!).

Windows 8: press Windows+Q hotkey to get Modern UI style of Start menu and scroll the mouse’s wheel.
Still using a keyboard without Windows key and a 2-button mouse? Go buy a new one and keep the antique for display only!

Instant Search

Back in Windows Vista and Windows 7, I click the Start button then type the search term and Windows instantly display programs or files in the result list.

In Windows 8, I hit the Windows button on keyboard and start typing the search term. As soon as I type in the Start screen, Windows 8 endeavors to look for programs, settings, and files that match whatever I type.

Start button

In old Windows, the always on (visible) Start button or Windows Orb is used to bring up that good old Start menu.

In Windows 8, there is one thumbnail of Start screen hides at bottom-left corner. It’s only visible when the mouse pointer hovers on that lower-left corner:

Windows 8 Start button

1. If you click on it, it works as if you’ve pressed the Windows button on keyboard (i.e. to display Start screen).

2. If you right click the Start thumbnail, it shows a context menu where you can open the Run dialog box, Control Panel, Task Manager, elevated Command Prompt, Device Manager, Event Viewer, Program and Features, etc.

Other Windows 8 surviving tips:

Shortcut to display classic Desktop after Windows 8 boots up

1. Drag the Desktop tile to top-left corner of Start screen. As soon as Start screen appears, just hit ENTER key for “Show Desktop”:

Rearrange Windows 8 Start screen tiles

2. Create the classic “Show Desktop” shortcut in Windows 8 Startup folder – c.f. How to disable Windows 8 Start Screen?. This trick, however, is not really responsive, as Windows 8 takes about 10 seconds to execute items in Startup folder. Nevertheless, this legacy Startup folder is good for kiosk that needs to automatically run full screen application after Windows boots up.

Custom Search

2014  •  Privacy Policy