Windows 8.1 Survival Guide
One of the most aggravating things about Windows 8 is NO START BUTTON!
For those of us who are used to working with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7, the absence of a start button in the lower left had corner makes Windows 8 almost unbearable. Especially if that new laptop does NOT have a touch screen. If you are used to it - congratulations! You have done a great job of adapting!
With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has put back a start button in the lower left hand corner, but all it does is take you to the new Windows 8 style start menu. Not really an answer.
Fortunately, there are third party solutions out there that are free or almost free. One that we have used is the Classic Shell ( © 2010-2013, Ivo Beltchev). You can get it HERE.
Some other survival items include:
- The Windows 8 Cheat Keys app, which is in the Windows Store
- The Dummies Windows Cheat Sheet
- And an older Windows 8 shortcut keys list you can download HERE.
Good luck with Windows 8 and 8.1. It really is a better operating system, and of course it IS the future, so we will need to get used to it!