Software

Access the Apps screen with a self-made Start button

Clicking your custom Start button brings up the Apps screen

Now when you click your custom Start button, the Apps screen will appear, as shown in Figure H. You can then click once to dismiss the Search panel, and then select the icon of the application that you want to launch. And, as I mentioned, if you combine this custom Start button technique with the trick I showed you in the article Make Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop, you'll basically have a Windows 7 style interface in Windows 8 without having to use any third-party utilities.

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What do you think about creating a Start button to access the Apps screen in windows 8? Will you try it? As always, if you have comments or information to share about this topic, please take a moment to drop by the TechRepublic Community Forums and let us hear from you.

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