Chapter 1

Optimizing the Start Screen and Taskbar

Most of what you do in Windows 8 involves the Start screen and taskbar in some way. Whether you are launching an application, starting a Windows 8 utility, adjusting settings, dealing with a notification message, or just checking the current time, you use the Start screen or taskbar to accomplish these tasks.

Because you use the Start screen and taskbar so often, it makes sense to optimize these tools to make them more efficient, which will save you time in the long run, and that is what this chapter is all about.

You begin with several techniques that make your Start screen much easier to deal with. For example, you learn how to add new items to the Start screen, as well as how to remove items ...

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