SOLVED Creating 23 desktop icons similar to Windows 7 Start menu to make Window 8 easier to use

8 simple steps to create 23 new desktop icons to make Windows 8 easier to use

1) right click desktop, left click New, Shortcut,
2) paste string on next line below 'Type Location of the item' and press enter key
  \Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-explorer-shortcuts_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_1081915a9ab044a8\
3) double click newly created "amd64_" desktop shortcut
4) click to select "01 - Command Prompt"
5) hold Ctrl and tap A to Select All 23 filenames
6) right mouse click one of 23 selected filenames
7) single left mouse click "Desktop (Create shorcut)"
8) Windows 8 desktop now has familiar functions on Windows 7 Start menu

01 - Command Prompt
1 Desktop
02 - Command Prompt
03 - Computer Management
3 - Windows Explorer (actually Computer, not Explorer)
04 - Disk Management
4 - Control Panel
05 - Device Manager
06 - System
07 - Event Viewer
08 - Power Options
09 - Mobility Center
10 - Program and Features
computer
Control Panel
File Explorer
Help
Run
Show Desktop
Window Switcher

 

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Last updated September 19, 2018 Views 1,738 Applies to:

Learn these:

Windows + X (Hidden power user menu)

Alt + Tab - switch between apps

Windows key + Tab - switch between metro apps

Windows + I - Open menu

Windows + W

Windows + Q

Windows + C

At the Windows Desktop:

Press Alt + F4 - Quick way to shutdown

 

Learn these and you should feel more comfortable in the UI.

Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
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Thank You so much, Andrew for this reply and all of your help I found useful.

Winkey lists are useful for techs. My own Winkey list memorized is below.

Memorizing we found to be unreliable for students, doctors, nurses and pilots under stress. Printouts get lost. Visual desktop shortcuts are more reliable. My own dekstop shortcuts:

Advanced Control Panel folder = AdvCP.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  Autoplay Default Media Settings
  Make a file type always open in a specific program - Shortcut
  Connect to a network - Shortcut
  Media Default Settings
  Taskbar Show Hide Notifications
  View network connections - Shortcut
  View reliability history

Associations CMD, assoc > assoc_txt.txt & notepad assoc_txt.txt

BelarcAdvisor \Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
 \PROGRA~2\Belarc\Advisor\System\NPBelv32.dll,RunDll32_ShowLocalPage -p60 -bAdvisor.bcx

CreateRestorePt \Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesProtection.exe, [Create]

Drivers CMD, driverquery /v > drivers_txt.txt & notepad drivers_txt.txt

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/

Firefox15 \Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

Google  https://www.google.com/

GooglePlus https://plus.google.com/

InfraRecorder "\Program Files (x86)\InfraRecorder\infrarecorder.exe"

IP address & MACID   CMD, ipconfig /all > ip_txt.txt & notepad ip_txt.txt

Junctions  CMD, dir \*.* /al /s > junctions_txt.txt & notepad junctions_txt.txt

LibreOfc3.5 "\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 3.5\program\soffice.exe"

MACid   CMD, getmac > getmac_txt.txt & notepad getmac_txt.txt

Mathematics4.0 "\Program Files\Microsoft Mathematics\MathApp.exe"

Media Center  \Windows\ehome\ehshell.exe 'free if Win8Pro

Msconfig \Windows\System32\msconfig.exe

Powercfg  CMD, \windows\system32\powercfg.exe /List

Regedit  \Windows\regedit.exe, File, Export, All, regsave_reg.reg, regsave_txt.txt

ResourceMonitor \Windows\system32\perfmon.exe /res

Restart  \Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Shutdown \Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00

Set   CMD, set > set_txt.txt & notepad set_txt.txt

SnippingTool \Windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe

StickyNotes \Windows\System32\StikyNot.exe

Skydrive  https://skydrive.live.com/

TemperatureMobo \Program Files\Speccy\Speccy64.exe  'note Speccy 1.18.379 64bit

USB SafeRemove \Windows\system32\RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

VLC MediaPlay \Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe

YouTubeDownload & Converter 

"\Program Files (x86)\GreenTree Applications\YTD Video Downloader\ytd.exe"

 

My own Winkey list:
Win A        a
Win B       
Win C        Charms
Win D        Desktop
Win E        Explorer
Win F        Find search
Win G        g
Win H        sHare
Win I        settIngs
Win J       
Win K        Devices, second screen
Win L        Lock
Win M        Minimize open window  
Win N        n
Win O        lOck screen rotation
Win P        Projector second screen
Win Q        Query search pane
Win R        Run
Win S        s
Win Spacebar Language, keyboard
Win T        Taskbar
Win U        User Ease of Access Center
Win V View   toasts
Win W Search Settings
Win X        Destkop quick menu
Win Y        Peek desktop
Win Z        App bar
Win Shift  V View toasts reversed
Win Enter    Narrator
Win PgUp     Tiles move left
Win PgDn     Tiles move right
Win Tab      cycle thru open apps
Win Open     Start Page/Last App
Win Z Open the App commands bar. In App, right-click open space. On Start, right-click a Tile. Swipe from bottom edge or top edge.
Win Shift .  snap to left if 1366x768
Win .       snap to right, left, middle
Win ,        Desktop peek
Win =        Magnifier zoom in
Win -        Magnifier zoom out
Alt F4       Close active App
Alt Tab      Cycle thru open apps
Ctrl F4      Close active
Ctrl Shift P inPrivate IE
Ctrl P       Print IE web page.
Ctrl T       Tab
Ctrl +       Zoom In
Ctrl -       Zoom Out
Ctrl =       Zoom back
Ctrl Tab     Cycle through open IE
Ctrl Alt Del Lock, Switch User, Sign out, Change password, Task Manager, Ease of Access, Power down
Shift Tab    Move forward IE web page
PgDn         Start tiles move left
PgUp         Start tiles move right
 

 

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Sorry, your name should have been spelled Andre. not Andrew :-)

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Correction on first panel above:

7) single left mouse click Send, "Desktop (Create shortcut)"

 

How to create desktops shortcuts for more hidden apps using these strings:


Bluetooth ____________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}

CommandFolder ________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{437ff9c0-a07f-4fa0-af80-84b6c6440a16}

Computer ______________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

ControlPanel_Category__ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}

ControlPanel_SmallIcons

 %windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

CredentialMgr _________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

DesktopShow ___________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

Favorites _____________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

FireWall ______________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}

 

Help and Support ______ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2559a1f1-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Network(workgroup) ____ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

PowerOptions __________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}

Printers ______________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

RecentPlaces __________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}

ResultsFolder _________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2965e715-eb66-4719-b53f-1672673bbefa}

Run ___________________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2559a1f3-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Search_Apps-Set-Files_ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2559a1f0-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

SetProgramAcesDefaults  

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2559a1f7-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

SyncSetupFolder _______ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{2E9E59C0-B437-4981-A647-9C34B9B90891}

Switcher ______________ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

NotificationsAreaIcons1 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

NotificationsAreaIcons2 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d7}

TaskbarProperties _____ 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}

TaskbarOpenApps _______

 %windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

Win8Apps_RunFromDesktop 

%windir%\explorer.exe   shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

 

  

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