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Windows 8 Screen Shots (NT 6.2)|
In Windows 8, if you keep blindly left-clicking and right-clicking
and randomly dragging, mainly in the corners, you can eventually find a
few invisible functions.
If you move your mouse cursor in to the upper right corner, this menu
panel pops out. Apparently Microsoft calls this the "Charms Bar". (The
only way you would find it is if you were feeling lucky! It's magically
craptastic! Start key + "C" also opens it, another key to memorize.)
Back in the Windows 3.x and classic MacOS days there were many utilities
that made use of "throwing" the mouse cursor to a corner of the screen.
Because such an action lacks visibility, this was never popular and usually
only used for invoking screen savers or advanced menus.
Search: Launches a Metroified application/file search.
Share: Certain "apps" can share information with other Microsoft Live users.
(And if you are not one of them, then forget it.)
Start: Returns to the Start Page.
Devices: Brings up another panel that lists attached devices.
Settings: Simplified network, sound, and notification settings.
The whole concept of using corners falls flat on its face when viewing
a desktop through something like a virtual machine window with seamless
mouse integration, or through remote desktop software. The corners just
don't exist, you have to aim the mouse over a few small pixels inside your
On to the other corners...
Clicking in the upper left will switch between "apps". Doing this funny
little dance of clicking in the upper left and moving down will open this
panel showing the open "apps".
Right-clicking in the lower left bring up this menu with advanced options,
most of which run in desktop mode.
Surprisingly it even lists the command prompt.
If you are comfortable with the Windows 8 way of discovering and memorizing
functionality with no visible indication of your options, then you probably
would be right at home using a command prompt.
If you happen to right-click on a tile, this panel appears with more
options including an "All Apps" button.
The "All Apps" button goes to a screen that lists all installed applications.
After scrolling past the list of icons for the same "apps" as on the
Start page, you can see a list of normal Windows applications.
There are probably other hidden ways to get to this, but it seemed very
hard to find.
Many of these screens are horizontally scrollable and are wider than
most wide screen monitors.
A huge flaw in this screen is that it does not organize the icons in
to folders. Instead it shows every single program icon as one long list.
A Windows computer can easily have thousands of program icons. Many users
will have to scroll through a mile long list! Similarly, executable icons
are automatically added to the "Start page".
It is possible to customize the "Start" page by adding, removing, and
You can only put "apps" or executable program icons on the Start Page.
Documents are not welcome here.
Windows now has TWO control panels. This dumbed down Metro one and
the regular desktop one.
IE for Metro. Again, it feels like running a DOS application.
Running a web browser full screen is nothing new, Netscape 3 had a kiosk
mode that worked similarly.
It makes little sense to run a browser or other text reading application
in full screen on common huge wide screen monitors, as lines become unreadably
(And BTW rotating a wide screen monitor to portrait mode does not work
as well as you might think)
It is almost impossible to tell, but a couple of the metro "apps" can
use local content.
The video player, for example, starts up trying to display advertising
for the Microsoft Xbox service and their video store. If you fiddle with
it, you can make it play actual video files. (Here are a few of Balmer's
It actually seems like this would be an OK thing to use for a DVD player.....
except Microsoft removed the ability to play DVDs from Windows 8!