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  1. #11
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    Nov 2013

    Bring back the start button

    You can get a Windows 7-style start button by installing Classic Shell. Itís free and includes a start button for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It allows you to customize the look and feel of Windows and bring back old features that arenít available in the standard versions of Windows 8 and 8.1.

  2. #12
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    Stop Windows automatically opening things in Metro apps

    You can stop Windows automatically opening files in Metro apps and have them automatically open in desktop apps instead.

    Search for 'default programs' in the search bar and click on the icon.

    Then click on 'Set your default programs', and find the desktop application you want to open a particular file by default. You can now choose 'Set this program as default', which will make it the default program for all file types it can open, or to select particular file types click on 'Choose defaults for this program'.

  3. #13

    Using Windows 8 with a mouse

    Here are the basic mouse actions in Windows 8:

    To open the charms bar, move the mouse to either the upper-right-hand or lower-left-hand corner. Then move your mouse up or down to select Search, Start, Share, Devices, or Settings. The keyboard shortcut for opening the charms bar is Windows key + C.

    In a Metro App, just right-click to see the available commands. You can see the available commands in a Metro app by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Z.

    To go back to the last app/program you had open in Windows 8, move the mouse to the upper-left-hand corner and click. The keyboard shortcut for switching back to the last app is Windows key + Tab.

    To close a Metro-style app, click on the top of the screen and drag the mouse down to the bottom.

    If your mouse has a wheel, you can zoom in and out by pressing ctrl and moving the wheel. Alternatively you can do this with your keyboard by holding down ctrl and pressing + and -.

  4. #14

    Control all of your settings in one place (God Mode)

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allow users to change and customize settings to a great degree, but you usually have to go to different places to change different settings.
    Instead of having to do this, you can put all of your settings in one place, something people call 'God Mode'.
    Doing this is easy, just create a new folder on the Desktop (or wherever you like).
    Rename it, entering something like 'God Mode' followed by {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.
    The folder's icon will now change, and when you click on it you will see all of your settings in one place.

  5. #15
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    Oct 2013
    This is a great thread, thanks everyone for contributing!
    I only got Windows 8 recently, and this has been really helping me learn some tricks for making Windows 8 easier to use.

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