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    Lightbulb A Win8 Desktop Approach You Might Like...

    There is nothing wrong w/ going from Desktop to the Start screen w/ its Tiles for some or all things OR going to WinQ for things OR pinning a bunch of stuff OR having icons all over the Desktop BUT,

    You might like this approach... It means not having to do any of the 3 things mentioned above. The Applications window sits on the Taskbar. Please note the use, employment of Desktop Toolbar, greatly facilitates ease of navigation & allows screen to be 'clean' of icons.

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    Or just install Classic Shell, then click on the Start Orb and type the name of the program, file, or control panel app you want to open. Nice and neat with everything in one place with no clutter. Also allows you to disable all the irritating hot spots as well but leave their functionality in place with Windows key + C for the Charms bar and Windows key for the Start Screen.

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    Or have 1-stop-shoping, nice, neat, no clutter w/out adding 3rd Party things. Some treat 'hot spots' as useful rather than "irritating". At the end of the day there is often more than 1 way to skin a cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    Or have 1-stop-shoping, nice, neat, no clutter w/out adding 3rd Party things.
    Complete with white on white icons for Metro apps?

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    This same discussion has occurred previously. Yes, we each have our favorite methods. Bottom line is whatever works for you, use that! I use a combination of both of these. It works for me.

    Just experiment a little and see what you like.
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    How one choses to have the window/items display has a few options. Many don't care for the Start screen approach or trying to find an item in WinQ. Plus, w/ this window both (ALL) Store & non-Store applications are in 1 place w/out changing screens.

    And where Weather is listed, for example, yup, that's the Store Weather APP. Pretty easy & clear to see what's what, is the suggestion, that's all.

    As Ted, said try various things, 'til one finds what they like best. You can only try things if & after you are aware of them. Was just making people aware or this approach that happens to work very attractively for me. And may well have appeal for others, as well.

    Certainly, few things in life please everyone all the time. But, this approach does cater to or indulge many of the grumblings regarding the Win8 UI some people have raise or expressed.

    Plus, on the other side of the coin, I have turned many people on to this approach who are as thrilled w/ it as they can be so... que sera sera

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    Ya, too bad we couldn't run a windowed-app of weather on the desktop like we can with previous OSes. I suppose that would look too much like a desktop gadget though.

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    FUN,

    There is a weather thingy that runs on the desktop... I've had customers w/ it on their machines. I'll see if I can find it for you... it's from a weather web site, forget which 1 right now, the name of it but, I'll dig a bit.

    Hmm, seems I do recall the name...

    It's called WeatherBug... just Bing Weather Bug, you'll find it or maybe what I found listed is all the site; offers a real-time thingy that sits on the Taskbar & or the desktop screen.

    The Store Weather APP can be kept 'at the ready' by having it sit on the 'APP Bar' (Proper name, Switcher Bar) top-left Corner; also, it can be snapped to show & run beside your desktop screen. Myself, I tend to keep Weather, Calendar & maybe a couple of others there, sometimes. I find using it very handy & makes for an easy way to close APPs when no longer want one 'live' or active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    Ya, too bad we couldn't run a windowed-app of weather on the desktop like we can with previous OSes. I suppose that would look too much like a desktop gadget though.
    Open IE go to weather.com for your location and create a shortcut and pin it to the taskbar.
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    Or just Pin the weather.com site to the Taskbar. Wouldn't need to create a shortcut 1st?

    Or you could look out the window... your window, not a Microsoft window. (hope somebody as a sense of humour)

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    Well I don't live near any artificial outdoor lighting and I also harken from a place distinctly south (and north) of the Land of the Midnight Sun, but I'll try to keep in mind for the 9 hours or so a day this time of year that looking might work. Alas, using a widget has allowed my Spidey Sense to grow lax and it no longer even gives me a good approximation of the temp outside as I prep for another outdoor venture.
    Something may come along again when its realized we're still using large wide screens and spending most of our time on the desktop. Weatherbug desktop application is somewhat along those lines but its still too big and fugly.

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