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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Return of the Start Menu

If you’re feeling instantly lost without the old Start menu, you’re not alone. Thousands of PC fans would argue that the Start menu offers a more compact, concise, customizable listing of programs and files than the TileWorld Start screen.

The Start menu is back!Well, pieces of it, anyway.You’re still expected to open files, programs, and apps in TileWorld. But some of the commands here are extremely helpful shortcuts. This, for example, is definitely how you should shut down, restart, or sleep your PC (instead of using the multistep procedure in TileWorld).

Figure 6-1. The Start menu is back! Well, pieces of it, anyway. You’re still expected to open files, programs, and apps in TileWorld. But some of the commands here are extremely helpful shortcuts. This, for example, is definitely how you should shut down, restart, or sleep your PC (instead of using the multistep procedure in TileWorld).

Microsoft scoffs at that idea. It points out that every time there’s a new version of Windows, there’s an instant spike in popularity of shareware programs that make it work like the previous version of Windows. Eventually, the public stops panicking and learns to trust the new design.

The Start Button

Still, much has changed in this department since Windows 8. First, in Windows 8.1, the Start button () is back. It’s there in the lower-left corner of the desktop, right where it always was. (It even appears TileWorld if you point your mouse to that corner.)

The Start button does not open the traditional Start menu, however. It’s another way to open the Start screen. If you tap or click it, you just ...

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