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I have been using Windows 8 RTM for some time. While I initially refused to leave the office and go to the starting screen, I got used to it over time and I no longer feel that the starting screen is flying in my face.
However, it would have been a good idea if Microsoft had given Widows 8 users the ability to disable Metro screen mode on a desktop computer. If this were not possible, at least one way to open the startup screen without leaving the desktop would have been nice. But neither option is available to Windows 8 users, and you must leave the desktop, go to the home screen, open an application, and then return to the desktop to continue working.
A poster at Neowin developed an interesting tool to open the starting screen without leaving the office. When you click on the Win flag after running the tool, the home screen appears at the top or bottom of your desktop.
Start Menu Modifier allows you to open the star-shaped screen at the bottom or top of your desktop when you click the Win flag button.
It is not necessary to leave your office and switch from one interface to another.
You can use the scroll wheel or the arrow keys to scroll through the tiles. The search also works, and you can simply start typing your search query and press Enter, and the search bar and results will appear on the desktop itself.
The tool offers the possibility to define the position of the start screen and to define a shortcut key. You can also call up the Start menu when switching and have the tool run at startup. However, there is no way to determine the width of the startup screen that appears on the desktop.
The freeware still seems to be under development, but you can download the latest version from the link under Neowin here. You must follow this message to ensure that you are downloading the latest version.