Windows 8

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Has anybody installed Stardock's Start8 to get rid of the "Charms" bar in Windows 8? Did it do the job?
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I have Windows 8. What's a Charms bar? I used the feature to open a desktop and I have started moving all my active stuff there. Then to search, see hard drives, and such lower right corner, let the menu thingy pop up and choose search. Can find just about anything I need that way. I have the desktop feature setup to almost work like Windows 7. Still learning.
     
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Ok, looked up Charms bar. I use that to power or sleep my machine and more importantly the search icon in Charms is really helpful to find things on the computer. Since there is no "My Computer like older versions you can get almost the same results from the search feature and then put links in the desktop tile. I almost never go to the Windows 8 desktop since I setup the Desktop tile with my most often used items.
     
  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Thanks, RB. I installed the program on a trial basis but sadly the charms bar has still appeared on occasion whenever I get the cursor too close to the right edge of the screen. (My new computer doesn't have a touch screen.) This new computer is driving me nuts as it is so sensitive. I have to try really hard to keep my fingers off the touchpad unless I really need to use it, else I'll have other screens popping up and don't have a clue as to why they are appearing. I'm too old for this nonsense. :)
     
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Mine is on a desktop without touch. That's why I used the Desktop icon to make a desktop kinda like Win 7. I rarely go the the tile screen.
     
  6. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Try Classic Shell: It makes Win8 truly usable. I actually like this OS now that I have a W7-style start menu. All those under-the-hood improvements (this thing SCREAMS with a solid-state disk) can finally shine without being marred by a horrible UI.
     
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Win 8.1 is supposed to do that too according to my IT guy.
     
  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member


    Does it make the charms bar go away? I'm finding that with Start8, the charms bar doesn't appear when I try to make it do so, but at other times it does appear.
     
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Last I heard, Win8.1 was going to add a start button, but not the actual start menu. The button just brings up the start panel screen with all those fugly coloured tiles.
     

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