The Windows 8 start screen isn’t perfect, but with a few adjustments and a handful of downloads, it gains a lot in utility. These are several ways to make the first thing we see in Windows 8 something we want to use.
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Add Widgets & Shortcuts with Start Screen Unlimited
The desktop widget disappeared in Windows 8, but there are some basic ones that we can bring back with the help of third-party software. Start Screen Unlimited adds widgets that show the battery status, information about the WiFi, shortcuts to turn off the computer, or a small calendar.
The application is highly customizable. The shortcut menu, for example, allows you to turn off, restart or hibernate the computer with a simple button. Until the Windows 8.1 upgrade, these options were pretty much hidden within the menus. Another area that becomes much more accessible is the Control Panel.
Put Tasks in the Foreground with To-Do Prime
In Windows 8.1 you can now change the size of the tiles of the interface. This is particularly useful for task management applications. Until such popular service,s as Wunderlist or Google Keep do not have specific apps for Windows 8, To-Do Prime is a good alternative. Allows you to create tiles with a particular list of tasks to always have it in view.
Add Your Google Calendar To a Tile with Gmail Calendar
Microsoft’s native calendar application is excellent if you use Windows ecosystem services. Those users more based on the Google environment can opt for Gmail Calendar. There are ways to integrate the Google calendar manually in Windows 8, but it is easier to install this application, and it works much better.
Stay On Top Of Your Battery with Battery Level
Not all computers have a good system to keep us informed of how much time is left to the battery. Battery Level adds a useful widget that shows the remaining percentage, in real time. The application requires Windows 8.1, and its size can be adjusted so that it does not take up too much space.
Give Metro a chance
Windows 8 has improved a lot, and it’s worth taking an in-depth look at the information that Metro’s native tiles have to offer. Calendar and email tiles, for example, are handy. Our last recommendation is to thoroughly explore the Windows 8 interface, button by button and tile by tile. It is not for everyone, but it hides delightful surprises.