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Win8, dumb question FAQs.

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    magicalclick

    Hello, this is a place to ask Win8 dumb questions. Me go first.

    1) How to have "My Computer" back onto desktop, no a shortcut?

    • 1) Right click on desktop | Personalize
    • 2) Change desktop icons

    2) How to activate the Window Bar on the Right using mouse? (I guess touch is swipe right out of screen? can we do that with a mouse?)

    • unknown

    3) How to activate Metro Keyboard?

    • Right click on taskbar and it is one of the toolbars.

    4) How to close an app in Metro (especially the Labyrinth app because it plays music)?

    • (touch) unknown
    • (mouse) unknown
    • (keyboard) alt+F4
    • You can suspend the app by going to other apps, but, not a simple start button. Start button only display the main page without suspending the current app.
    • Following Sad Screenshot.
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    5) Where is Metro Explore/MoviePlayer/Recycler? (Preview build only).

    • unknown

    6) how do you shutdown Windows 8 as a desktop user?

    • Hover the mouse where the Start menu used to be. Click settings. Way over on the other side of the screen, click Power. Click Shutdown.
    • OR
    • You can press your avatar in Metro, log off (NOT lock), then shutdown.

    7) how to put a Metro tile onto desktop as shortcut?

    • unknown
    • You can use Task Manager, App History, then Switch To. Still cannot make shortcut, also cannot open the source folder.

    8) how to sign on to C9 and Live sites using different live ID?

    • unknown

    9) how to launch directly to Desktop?

    • unknown

    10) Metro app doesn't count as a process in the taskbar?

    • unknown

    11) How to do Mango like App History, so we don't have to keep swiping?

    • unknown

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    Feel free to ask other dumb questions. The more we know, the more we can help people.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    cbae

    ,magicalclick wrote

    Hello, this is a place to ask Win8 dumb questions. Me go first.

    1) How to have "My Computer" back onto desktop, DO NOT drag it from Explore because it is a fake shortcut?

    unkown

    It's the same as in Windows 7. Have you never used Windows 7 before?

    1) Right click on desktop | Personalize

    2) Change desktop icons

     

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    magicalclick

    @cbae:

    I always do it from the start menu. But, since they changed start menu, my way is lost.

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    DCMonkey

    This shouldn't have to be a question but...

    Q: how do you shutdown Windows 8 as a desktop user?

    A: Hover the mouse where the Start menu used to be. Click settings. Way over on the other side of the screen, click Power. Click Shutdown.

     

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    magicalclick

    @DCMonkey:

    that sounds more like a complaint LOLz.

    that's why I wanted to see if I can use window bar by mouse, at least window bar is closer at right.

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    JuanZamudio

    Can i ask a dumb question about WinRT?

    If CLR and BCL are gone (from .Net to WinRT I believe ) and WinRT is just an API that you can use with C# or whatever language. What does that mean to the managed world?, the VM still exist?, what happened to the garbage collector? there is no more IL?

     

    PS: the keynotes are blocked at work and there isn't much info about this.

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    aL3891

    @DCMonkey:

    hmm i don't get how to do that.. ive been looging out, them powering down (a pain) thats pre beta software for ya Smiley

    also missing the windows + arrow keys for snapping metro apps, they still work on the desktop though

    also missing the ability to drag the start screen around using the mouse [by dragging out side any tile], that scrollbar is not so cool

    biggest one for me though is understanding how to sign into c9 and other live services with another live id than the one tied to my login

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    magicalclick

     @aL3891:

    I tried your logging out way, now I am stuck at logging off spinning circle. Crying

    I added your questions, they are important to know.

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    aL3891

    it would also be nice to able to have the desktop launch automatically, for desktops in perticular

    -edit-

    also i'd like to have running metro apps appear in the taskbar on the desktop Smiley

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    aL3891

     

     

    "A: Hover the mouse where the Start menu used to be. Click settings. Way over on the other side of the screen, click Power. Click Shutdown."  

    aah now i get it, hovering didn't work for me, but by touching the very edge of the screen right in the lower left corner the 'start' menu appears and there you can click settings and do power down. this also works in desktop mode. [however clicking the start button in desktop will bring up the start screen]

     

    quoting is seriously broken in ie10 btw Tongue Out

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    JoshRoss

    How do you add references to a Visual Express 11 project? There doesn't seem to be anything available.

    -Josh

    PS I hope someone puts a utility in the app store to mount windows iso files on to thumb drives.

    PPS I hope someone puts apps in the app store, starting with the MSDN subscriber downloads.

    PPPS Metro really doesn't work well with the mouse.

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    magicalclick

    @JoshRoss:

    yeah, but, to make it less painful, remember you can use scroll wheel up and down, and start menu will scroll left and right respectively.

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    AndyC

    Keyboard shortcuts:

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-8-keyboard-shortcuts-global-list

    including the oh-so-handy Win+C combo to get at Charms from the keyboard!

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    davewill

    How do you get the on screen keyboard to move out of the way to see this ch9 box that I am typing into?

    It is not able to hold web page scrolled up.  makes it hard to arrow back and correct.

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    LCARSNxG

    10) Metro app doesn't count as a process in the taskbar?

    • unknown

    Metro is part of explorer.exe now. Explorer.exe used to just be the normal desktop+taskbar but it looks like Metro is a part of that process.

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    davewill

    how do i prevent all the program shortcuts from showing up in the metro when installing pre-metro apps?  usually there is just 1 of all those shortcuts that is the main and only one needed.  taken to its extreme the metro screen will be riddled with 100's of now flat listed shortcuts.

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    JoshRoss

    When I'm reading a page in Classic Windows IE and I get bumped into Metro Land, why is the IE there on a different page?

    -Josh

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    magicalclick

    ,davewill wrote

    How do you get the on screen keyboard to move out of the way to see this ch9 box that I am typing into?

    It is not able to hold web page scrolled up.  makes it hard to arrow back and correct.

    press Dock, thus, IE will shrink.

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