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To Boot straight into desktop.
Search is easier than browsing.
From the start screen (or Win + Q) type a few characters. Apps matching those characters are displayed on the left, but you can drill down by selecting Settings, Files or a particular app/program on the right.
To shutdown the PC you could do a Win + i then select the Power option, but wouldn't it be easier to have a desktop icon and App tile. Right click the desktop and choose New, shortcut. Enter '' and name it appropriately. Now copy it to
By default the new Apps are used to open a file; but many are minimal versions of the full flavoured functionality of traditional desktop programs. To change the default programs get to the start screen then type '' and run the default programs program.
There are many Apps in the Store and there's no reason to miss out on them if you normally stay in the desktop. To create a shortcut to the folder from which all Apps and programs may be launched, right click the desktop and select New Shortcut then in the Location field enter:
Name it appropriately and Bob's your uncle. Win + Q does much the same.
To close an App either
To create a sort of start menu on the taskbar, make sure hidden files can be seen (in File Explorer) then right click the task bar and choose and browse to
Restore the Start button to the halcyon Windows 7 days.
This requires a little program, something like
ViStart (free, recommended), Start8 ($4.99), or Windows 8 Tweaker (free).
To enable automated logon, Win + R then and uncheck the appropriate box.
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