Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/178682/how-to-hide-the-start-button-in-windows-8.1-why-we-dunno/
Windows 8 infamously removed the Start Button, and then Windows 8.1 brought that button back — but maybe you are the kind of person that got used to it being gone. So now you can remove it again.
Why? Well for me, I don't need a start button taking up precious task-bar space when I have two start buttons situated right on my keyboard. I prefer the start screen to the start menu anyway, and even with Windows 7 I always used the keyboard buttons rather than actually clicking on it.
I totally agree with you! Not only that how many ways does one need to open the start screen? Four!?
- Press the Windows key.
- Click the Start button (not available in build 9200).
- Open the Charms bar and click the Start button (not available in build 7600 or before).
Am I missing something? That's only three (and 8.1 is the only one in which all three are valid).
If it was a simple registry hack or a command, I'd consider doing this. But using a 3rd party app that's running all time just to remove a single button, it's not worth it.
If you have a touch screen you swipe in from the right side to access the start button from the charms bar. I know it's still using the charms bar but opening it different.
I can think of 5, depending on how far you want to split hairs...
- Windows key on your keyboard
- Start button (on tablet PC's)
- Swipe in from the right (on touch screens)
- Mouse to the upper-right or lower-right corner
- Start button in the task bar
However, anything related to the charm bars breaks good UI design, since there are no visible elements on the screen to cue the user that something is there.
6 . Ctrl+Esc
This really really should have been a simple registry key setting. I honestly don't understand why MS has turned their backs on the proven strategy of putting their new features front and center as default behavior but offering hidden customization settings for power users that want things "just so". It seems like such a win-win strategy: MS gets to innovate and have new features adopted by 95% of users, while the power users get to pretend they're part of some super-secret wizards' club.
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