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Tweak The Windows 8 Start Screen (Part 2)

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Get The Start Menu back

The Windows 8 Start screen can take a little getting used to, and for some people it is just too much of a change from the way previous versions of Windows have worked. If you find that you are unable to live without the Start menu that you have becomes used to over the years IOBit StartMenu8 (ww.iobit.com/iobitstarmenu8.php) could be just what you need.

IOBit StartMenu8

IOBit StartMenu8

Run through the setup and you’ll be instantly furnished with an old style Start button which you can then use to accessing programs and settings using a Start menu that very closely mimics the one that was found in Windows 7 and earlier. For a true retro feel, you can opt to disable many of the features of Windows 8 such as the Metro hot corners and charms bar. The Start menu itself can be customized by choosing from one of a number of button styles, and you can also choose exactly which options are displayed in the menu itself. If you like to have access to every area of Windows in the same place, you can include links to endless system folders, but you can also keep things slightly more minimalistic by trimming out the fat.

Keeping Tiles Organized

The introduction of the Start screen changes the way that shortcuts are organized, and you may find that you list of available tiles starts to get a little out of control. There are steps you can take to help keep things better organized and there’s no need to use a third party tool to do so. You can drag any existing tile to a new position between existing tile groups.

Group and name tiles give you a handy way to organize your shortcuts on the Start screen.

Group and name tiles give you a handy way to organize your shortcuts on the Start screen.

When a grey bar appears, drop the tile and a new group will be created you can then drag and drop other tiles to join it. A useful option is the ability to name groups. To do this, click the – button to the lower right hand corner of the screen to zoom out, right click a tile group and then click the ‘Name group’ button that appears. Type a name and this will appear as a stile above a group.

Reposition The Start Screen

If replacing, tweaking, organizing and resizing the Start screen in not enough, you can make this section of Windows 8 operate in a slightly different way. ImmersiveTailller is a free tool that can be used to change the size and position of the Start screen – you can download a copy from goo.gl/7Wwxp. The SourceForge page may be in French, but the application is easy enough to use.

 
ImmersiveTailler give you the change to better integrate the Start screen into the Windows 8 desktop

ImmersiveTailler give you the change to better integrate the Start screen into the Windows 8 desktop

Download the latest version of the software launch the executable and you ll see a shrunken version of the Start screen. Click the ImmersiveTailler button in the taskbar to switch to the ap, click the flag in the lower left of the window and select the UK flag to change to English mode. Use the drop down menu to choose a position and then click the Overview button to preview how it will look.

Moving to the Advanced tab you can use co-ordinated to choose a specific size and position for the Start screen and there are a few options worth looking at on the Settings tab. Perhaps the most important setting to be found here is ‘Start with Windows’, which will ensure that ImmersiveTailler is always available to you. You may also find it helpful to tick the ‘Windows notification area’ option so that settings can be accessed more easily in future.

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