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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 February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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