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I could have sworn that I had both a side and bottom scroll bar before yesterday, when the bottom scroll bar disappeared. I can't find any mention of it in Help or any option to bring it back again. Any ideas?


I am using MS Office 2000 under Windows ME. When I open MS Word the vertical scroll bar is missing. I have tried various things to get it back including un-installing and re-installing to no avail. Any help resolving this problem will be most appreciated.

Missing scroll bar – IE8 on XP SP3; 4:3 LCD monitor; 1024x768 resolution setting

Sometime, in the past week or so, the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the IE8 viewing window disappeared. I did not notice it when it happened. Thus, I do not know what I or my PC were doing at the time. No error messages have been observed recently. Event viewer shows nothing (naturally). Possibly, something could have gotten bollixed up via an IE8 hang and subsequent termination via Task Manager.

I have Googled with no success. The only “fix” found, to use the Reset in Tools/Options, is not an option for me. With IE8 functioning normally otherwise, the price of a Reset is too high for such a minor problem. This is only a minor issue on websites with content extending past the RH edge of the monitor screen.

I have searched the WS Forum also with no success. Apparently it has not been addressed before.

Thoughts or suggestions, anyone?

I presume one solution would be to replace my 4:3 monitor with a 16:9 monitor.


Dan R

I am sorely missing a horizontal scrollbar in the the windows explorer folder pane.

Isn't there a way to get one?

Check out this page for a picture. (This is not my site):
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I have a shared Excel spreadsheet that has the horizontal scroll bar and sheet tabs missing . Here are some details:

* This is a Microsoft Office Excel 97-2003 worksheet
* In "Normal View" = No sheet tabs or horizontal scroll bar are visible
* In "Full Screen Mode" = Visible sheet tabs and horizontal scroll bar
* Other user's can see both the vertical and horizontal scroll bars.
* I have checked the box in Excel Option/Advanced/Display options for this workbook/Show horizontal scroll bar

I am assuming it is a personal setting since other user's can view it correctly, but I don't know where to go to restore the missing tabs and scroll bar. I would appreciate your assistance.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

One of the most frustrating time wasters when using Publisher is clicking on the page icons under the horizontal scroll bar in order to find the page I want to display. I would love to have a toolbar or some kind of menu that lists the contents or the purpose of the pages. Ideally, an easliy editable tooltip for each of the page icons would be great! But maybe I'm asking for something that's already in Publisher, but I've missed it.

Does anyone know?

Hi All,

I'm trying to install Windows 7 RC1 64bit (clean install) onto my Acer 6930G laptop. My current OS is Vista 32bit.

I've burned the ISO to a disc on the slowest speed, the computer starts booting up then asks me to press any key to boot from the dvd, I do, it moves to a Windows Vista like loading bar (green) scrolling horizontally. After wards it loads up the Windows 7 install screen and says setup is starting. Then a window shows up saying a recquired cd/dvd driver is missing and I need to find it before I can proceed with the install. It gives me a screen with nothing listed and lets me browse the computer to find a cd/dvd driver (I assume) but I can't really find anything. I can even open the dvd with which I burned the ISO but can't continue with the install.

I've tried using an external hard drive as a boot thing but I can't do that either from inside Windows FVista as it's only 32 bit.

Also I tried installing it from a USB drive, exact same error!

Any ideas?

I selected a large amount of text (approx 5 pages) and changed the line spacing. When I move through the document (using the scroll bar or the Page up/down keys) text appears to be missing. When I scroll back again, the text reappears. I can go back and forth, and it continues to happen. What I mean is that it doesn't only happen once and then reset itself. This only happens in Print Layout view. If I work in Normal view things are fine.

Anybody ever see or hear about this?


Does anyone know how I can remove the three Browse Object buttons under the vertical scroll bar?

I never never never use them, and I am forever missing the scroll-down button and clicking the Previous Browse Object button.

I have subreport that has a single text box in that lists a series of items that I want to be into two columns to shorten the height to what we want when we print. Some of the items are longer than the column will be wide, such that it needs to spill over to the next line and sometimes three. I am unable to get this to ever show up in more than one column. I must be missing something!
The detail section and the text box both seem to require to be set "Yes" on "Can Grow" in order to accomodate the longer items. Rather than going to two columns, it changes to a box with scroll bars to scroll through the list. Any ideas what I am missing?

As a "convert" from **long-time** Mac use, I miss two utilities that I was used to having. #1 was the "double arrow" for the scroll bar. With all the various panels in programs like Fireworks, DreamWeaver, PageMaker, etc. the scroll arrow is often hidden behind a panel. But seldom are BOTH arrows hidden, so with the double arrow it was easy to move the page around. Don't know what to call it for the PC -- haven't found something like this on Tucows or Shareware or CNET.
#2 is Toner Tuner (from Working Software) which lets me adjust the density of the toner on my LaserWriter -- almost always I print pages 9that I'm saving for me) AT 65%, which makes my toner cartridge last a long time. But this program isn't even being upgraded for OS X-Mac, and will never be written for the PC (according to the author.) Is there a program like this for the PC or am I missing something simple built into Windows?
BTW, I would like to have a flag or two to add to my signature -- where do I find them?


Not really the correct board but I couldn't see another.

i work with dual monitors set at 1280 x 1024 resolution. if i want to capture my work I rezize the window to 800 x 600. No mtater what I do I always have at least a boit of scroll bar for the people to see the playback controls at the bottom. I have changed resolution. screen size, everrything but still always have part of the svcreen missing.

Any help


It works in Firefox, but not in IE6.

In theory, using height="100%" in an IMG tag will make the image as tall as its container. In my document, the container is a DIV tag that also has its height set at 100% (in CSS):


In FF, whether the window is "restored" or "maximized" or "full screen," the image is scaled to fit vertically -- exactly what I want. In IE, on the other hand, I get vertical and horizontal scroll bars.

Any idea what is wrong with or missing from the above HTML? Other than complicated math and event procedures in JavaScript, any ideas on how to force IE to scale the image to the viewable window size?

Hi All,

Having a problem with the new Windows 7 beta (32 bit) and internet/network connection.

Windows 7 beta successfully installed (upgrade, not clean install).
Toshiba Satellite Laptop A200
Dynalink RTA1046VW Wireless Router

I'm hoping the problem is just something very simple that I have overlooked. Windows 7 recognizes the wireless router and also sees the connection (home network). However, I can not seem to connect to anything.

With Internet Explorer - Connecting (but doesn't seem to do anything)
With Mozilla Thunderbird - Loading message (green bar scrolls but doesn't do anything)

The bar down the bottom right say's I am connected with Local and Internet Access.

Have I missed something very simple?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
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OverviewGeneralHardwareCPUMotherbaordMemory ModulesVideoStorageIO DevicesInput DevicesModemsNetwork AdaptersResourcesProblem DevicesOperating SystemProgramsNetworkApplication ErrorsDevice ManagerMemory UsagePerformance
Tasks show Applications, processes, services, and locked files. You can unlock locked files, change the status of services, end processes, and modify application data.

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File Recovery allows you to undelete files.

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Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

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Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
Erase browser historyErase Windows historyCleanupt emporary filesOptimize memory
Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
Disk MaintenanceFree Up SpaceRemove DuplicatesExplore diskDisk cleanupDisk defragmentDisk repairSoftware ControlSystem TweaksService OptimizationDisaster RecoveryFile RecoveryRescue CenterRegistry MaintenanceRegistry RepairRegistry DefragmentSystem StatusSystem InformationSystem TasksSystem ServicesLocked FilesComputer PrivacyErase Computer HistoryShred FilesWipe disksSpeed Up InternetInternet OptimizationMemory Optimization
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I just had a new and upsetting experience with Word 2000. I made extensive changes to a document with "track changes" turned on but with "highlight changes on screen" turned off. When I was done I turned on "highlight changes..." to proofread. First I noticed that text was missing at the beginning of some paragraphs. Some paragraph breaks were missing, and some were present where none should have been. Then I scrolled to a page that showed a huge amount of vertical whitespace where there should have been none, and -- crash! Word froze.

This problem was quite reproducible. It occurred only when "highlight changes on screen" was enabled, but regardless of which options were set (change bars on or off, deleted text hidden or not, etc).

I was able to eliminate the problem by accepting all changes -- I think -- without losing any text -- I think. I have to assume it will happen again, though.

Is anyone familiar with this problem? I searched Microsoft's knowledge base but could not find a reference to it.

Given Microsoft's less than stellar record of getting its fixes right, I apply updates only when I have a specific need. I have been using Word 2000 since it was new, and flogging it pretty hard, and have never run into a serious bug before. This is the first time I have used "track changes" more than casually, though. It looks like I need an update now, but I can't find the right one, if there is a right one.

I've been a subsriber to WOW and WWW -- but this is the first time I've posted to the lounge. I was hoping someone who is far more savvy than I am can help me.

One of the things I always missed when I had to switch from WordPerfect to Word was the ability to display the hidden symbols used for formatting and editing. While I can click on the Paragraph symbol on the tool bar -- it only shows tabs, space and paragraphs. Often the document does strange things and I can't see what's imbedded in order to fix it. Is there a switch somewhere I can turn on to see other special symbols?

My real gripe, however, has to do with an upgrade from Word 97 to XP which is on my new system.

I create hundreds of documents in Word -- many of which have similar titles. In Word 95/97 when I clicked on the folder open -- the drop down screen allowed me to key a word or series of words into "File name" and then I could select "find now." A list of all the documents with those words would appear in a nice, neat list and I could select the ones I needed for editing.

In XP "find now" has been replaced with "open" and just allows me to open one document with a specific title. I can no longer find a string of titles or search by a key word in one step.

I tried to work around it by highlighting a title and then hitting "name" so it would sort alphabetically. That's when I discovered another glitch in the search by name function in the XP version that is equally as infuriating.

Once the files all resort by name, the cursor is no longer sitting on the file I highlighted. It is at the top of the list. So if the file name began with an "s" I have to scroll all the way down the list. This is a nightmare.

This was such a critical function for me that I have loaded Word 97 on my new system and that's what I'm using.

If anyone knows a way around this, I'd be eternally grateful for some help.

Oh -- one other question. I was creating a document in Word 97 this morning and went to use spell check. It didn't work so I went into "options" to see what features were one. For some reason, the grammar section was tuned on (dark letters) but the spelling section was in those gray letters that mean it's not functioning. How can I get that turned on again so I can select the features and use spell check?

Thanks again.

Once upon a time, when i clicked in the side bar, the screen would scroll about one screen full at a time. So the bottom line of a viewed page would go to the top of the screen. Suddenly I find when i click, I scroll substantially more.. such that the middle of long screens is 'missed' completly. Is there a reason or a setting where i can control this and go back to how it was? Thanks

When you open Win 8 for the first time you will be very startled. You will be presented with what is called the Metro Start Menu. This replaces the well know Windows Start Menu. Do not panic! I could not post a screen shot, but almost any web site discussing Win 8 will show screen shots of the Metro UI.

The method to go to the Desktop is as follows:

Click the Win Key + D


Click on the Desktop Tile

You will now be on the familiar Desktop. Whew, that was a scary start. Everything will get easier from here on.

To go back to the Metro Start Menu simply click on the Win Key (Win)

You can access all your apps from here. Many will already be pinned to this Metro Start Menu. For any that are not found on this Metro Start Menu you can Right Click anywhere on this desktop. You will see a banner at the bottom of the screen with All Apps at the right side. This will open a screen with all installed apps that scrolls from left to right.

Whenever you install an app you will find tiles to that app on the Metro Start Menu.

The remainder of this tutorial will be dedicated to the Desktop UI as this is where most of you will feel the most comfortable. All conventional PC’s (both desktops and laptops) with keyboards and a mouse will work on either the Metro UI or the Desktop UI, but most users of Win XP, Win Vista, or Win 7 will feel most comfortable initially on the Desktop UI.

Charms Bar

If you place you cursor in the Upper right corner or Lower Right corner you will open a Charms Bar. You can access many of the user customizable functions from this Charms Bar.


Settings will take you to several areas of your PC to set options in Win 8. Play with these various settings until you feel more comfortable with them.

Devices does just as it sounds.

Start will take you to the Metro Start Menu

Share does just as it sounds

Search also does as it sounds

There is a separate Charms bar while in any Metro app, but that is beyond the scope of this tutorial.

Power Users Menu

To activate this menu move your cursor to the Bottom Left corner


Select Win + X

This opens the Power Users Menu where you will access many of the System Controls and the Run and Search commands. Play with this a little to see how powerful it is.



This bar at the bottom of the screen is very powerful. It will be seen whenever you are on the Desktop UI.

You can pin items (almost any item) to this Taskbar. Commonly pinned items are shortcuts to browsers, email clients, folder, apps, etc.

To pin something to the Taskbar, Right Click on an item anywhere and select Pin To Taskbar. This will pin a shortcut to this item directly on the taskbar



Some specialized items can be pinned here. Let’s say you want to access all your apps without going to the Metro Start Menu. Easy as pie.

Right Click on an empty space on the Taskbar and select Toolbars, New Toolbar

This will open File Explorer (Renamed from Windows Explorer in all other versions of Windows)

Drill down to C: Driver, Users, “User Name”, AppData, Roaming, Microsoft, Windows, Start Menu, Programs

Click on Programs and choose Select Folder. You will see a new Toolbar on the Taskbar called Programs. You can click on the >> to open the entire Programs Tree to go to any app you have installed.

I like to set up a specialized Shortcuts folder in My Documents that I place shortcuts to my most commonly used apps. I then use the above procedure to create a Toolbar of this Shortcuts folder. Easy!

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Start Orb alternative

OMG, when you go to the Desktop, the Start Orb you are accustomed to is missing, OMG! Never fear, using the above procedure, you can create toolbars to any folder you wish, Favorites, Links, etc.


There are several alternatives to the Start Orb you have grown accustomed to. The one I use is Classic Shell V 3.5.1. Once you install this app, it will give you a Win XP, Vista or 7 Start Orb with all the same functions except it is more customizable. Right Click the Classic Shell Start Orb and choose settings. Advanced mode gives many more settings to customize.

This tutorial will get you started on customizing your Win 8 installation so it’s not quite so scary.

I’m sure many additions will be placed here to aid you in your customization efforts. I hope this start will help you get over your initial shock!


Note: For a more complete Tutorial you can go to Forums Windows 8 Forums. The Lounge limits the number of Screen Shots!