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Easy Guide to Restoring Windows’ Traditional Start Menu in Windows 8

Easy Guide to Restoring Windows’ Traditional Start Menu in Windows 8

Launched on October 26th, 2012, Microsoft Windows 8 has been registered as the most remarkable OS in the computer industry, with a bunch of amazing features and great set of new apps to play with. Microsoft has also announced that over 40 million copies have been sold within the first month of its release—a new record in OS sales history. Windows 8 has a high booting speed and can boot up within 5 seconds or less, which is faster than any other operating system. In addition to this, Windows 8 has a great apps gallery containing thousands of  apps and utilities that can provide you with countless ways of customizing and enjoying the OS.

Windows 8 also has a few notable drawbacks, such as a removed “start” button, as well as a few others. Microsoft had decided to remove the famous start button in Windows 8, which may annoy you and force to seek alternatives for it. So, if you are one of those who find it hard to use Windows 8 without the traditional start button, this tutorial will help you to get it back.

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There are many utilities offered to restore start menu in Windows 8, which of course are secure and takes only a few seconds to install on any PC or Laptop.

Classic Shell (Free)

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Classic Shell

    Classic Shell was created to add back the features which were removed in the recently released Windows, but existed in its predecessors. Once installed, you may able to see the start button in Windows 8 the same way it was seen in Windows 7 or older. The Classic Shell start button will give you exactly the same choices which were found in the old start menu, along with options like Control panel, My Computer, My Pictures etc.

    Download Classic Shell from Sourceforge.

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    Pokki (Free)

    Pokki

      Pokki is another advanced utility for bringing back the removed start button, and it will also remove Windows 8 UI screen and take you directly to the desktop screen. You can easily customize your favorite apps, sites or desired folders for direct accessing it by moving them all to your start menu.

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      Download Pokki

      Start8 ($ 5)

      start8

        Start8 from Stardock would be the perfect replacement for the existing start button in Windows 8, if you’re okay with paying a small fee. With Start8, you can customize the Windows 8 theme which best suits your start button, and allow it to resize icons and shortcuts to show at the top with your menu options. Start8, like Pokki, will also help you to remove the default Windows 8 metro start screen and boot directly to the desktop.

        You can download start8 from here.

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        Last Updated on May 14, 2019

        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

        Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

        1. Zoho Notebook
          If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
        2. Evernote
          The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
        3. Net Notes
          If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
        4. i-Lighter
          You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
        5. Clipmarks
          For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
        6. UberNote
          If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
        7. iLeonardo
          iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
        8. Zotero
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        I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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        In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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