Modern UI, officially named "Windows Store" apps, is how we refer to the new design language and style used in Windows 8 (and Windows Phones); which through guidelines lays more emphasis typography and less on graphics, resulting in a more simplistic UI.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

-1
votes
1answer
63 views

Jagged font rendering in Windows 8 Metro and Windows 10, even with Windows 7 ClearType

I've always been bothered by Windows's font rendering, but it really started to bug me in the Windows 10 Preview. All Linux OSes, including Mac OS X have clear, smooth fonts, but Windows's DirectWrite ...
1
vote
0answers
311 views

How to browse Samba network shares from PC Settings in Windows 8.1

For some time I have kept a lot of my files stored on a home server running Debian Linux with Samba. I have several shares connected as network drives and, using the desktop interface under Windows ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 None of the Modern UI apps work, Powershell, CMD, and wsreset returns error

So, today somehow my pc got messed up while I wasn't home, don't ask how because i don't know (maybe a windows update gone wrong, or ghosts were messing with it :) ) First it started with black scrn ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

How to Disable Back/Forward Swipe Animations in Internet Explorer Modern/Metro

I've noticed that when using Internet Explorer in the metro or modern UI, swiping back and forth to navigate pages is very slow and problematic. First, there is a slow forward or backward animation. ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Netflix Windows 8.1 app can't be found on applications list and can't be installed from the Store

I installed Netflix app from Windows Store, and I was using it normally. Suddenly one day it stopped working, the pinned tile at Start Screen turned blank, if I search the system for "Netflix" it ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Prevent Windows Store app opening from Apps website

When viewing an app on the Windows Apps website, the full-screen (Metro) Windows Store app always opens on my PC. How do I stop this ridiculous behavior? How do I prevent the Windows Store app from ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Enable background image for the Start screen of Windows Server 2012

This is what I get from the user settings on Windows Server 2012: As you can see I don't have the choice to pick the background of the Start screen (like on Windows 8). I can only pick the accent ...
2
votes
1answer
42 views

Windows key + <Button> shortcuts not working after driver update

I have reinstalled Windows 8.1 on my laptop. My problem is, that, after connecting to the Internet and letting windows install the drivers automatically, the windows key does not work normally. ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

How to disable app preloading in Windows 10?

I'm running Windows 10 Insider Preview in my machine to give it a go and get used to it before general availability. One of the things that I find annoying is that it seems to preload modern ...
0
votes
2answers
4k views

Removing Wild Tangent metro apps from Windows 8

I just got a new Windows 8 computer and I uninstalled the 'Wild Tangent' application that came with the computer, however, on the start page, I still see 'All Casual Games', 'All Kids Games', etc and ...
0
votes
1answer
419 views

Windows 8.1 Metro Apps Not Working (Including Built-In Ones Like “Computer Settings”)

I don't care about 3rd party metro applications, but i can't enter "Computer Settings" either.. When i enter control panel/User Accounts/ and click to "add a new user" some metro ui tries to open ...
11
votes
15answers
96k views

How do I get Google Chrome back to desktop mode on Windows 8

The Windows 8 version of Google Chrome seems to have been updated to support the UI formerly known as Metro. However, this seems to be the only option now, which means that I can no longer use Chrome ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

Metro apps on Windows 8.1 crash on start

After a while Windows 8.1 apps won't open anymore. Opening the app will show the splash screen and then exit to the desktop with the icon still present in the task bar. A restart temporarily solved ...
32
votes
6answers
59k views

Hide Win 8.1 “tip” about “Switch between apps”?

I've just installed Win8.1 and I'm trying to set up IIS. When I open Add remove programs from the start menu I get the pc-settings app. In the pc-settings app I get a "tooltip" or whatever we should ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

AutoIt: Get text from inside a Windows Metro app

I'm automating a Windows Metro app and need to read some text that it returns. I've tried using the "AutoIt v3 Window Info" utility to inspect the application but it's unable to see the text. What ...
16
votes
6answers
31k views

How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.
-1
votes
1answer
65 views

How do I switch back to using Modern IE instead of Desktop IE?

Like many, when I first got Windows 8.1 I thought I would not like the new version of IE (Modern IE), so I switched to using Desktop IE (Classic UI) exclusively. Now I want to undo my mistake. Trouble ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Metro Apps crashing Windows 8 - corrupt windows files?

I have Windows 8. (Not 8.1) Metro apps won't open, i.e. Mail, Photos, Weather, Games, Sport, Bing, Travel, Skype... Windows Store works until installing an app, to which I get the error message ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Closing IE and other metro apps on touch screen

I'm trying to configure a device for a client who wants to use metro apps on a touch screen. The problem I'm running into at the moment is that the interface for some of these metro apps is not ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Windows Metro Apps Minimize themselves when Launched

After installing the Microsoft January 2015 Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 8.1 Pro x64, I have noticed some strange behavior with my computer. For one thing, my task tray icons, which I am OCD ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

SOLVED - Open Internet Explorer Desktop version from Start? [duplicate]

Is it possible to pin IE tiles that when you tap it, it open IE in desktop mode? I imagine it will be possible to make a shortcut with iexplorer.exe /somecommand or something like that and then pin it ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

How do file associations work in Windows 8.1?

Windows 8 added metro apps. Since Metro apps are not run the same way as other programs, the file association seems to be different from other programs. How are files associated in Windows?
0
votes
1answer
546 views

Cannot run the Netflix Modern app on Windows 8.1

I'm trying to run the Netflix Modern app on my PC running Windows 8.1. To be clear, this is the app that you can install in the Modern interface using the Microsoft Store. I'm not trying to run ...
9
votes
4answers
5k views

Make the task bar visible at all times

With the recent Windows 8.1 update we are able to run "Metro" apps inside the desktop view, but when so, the task bar fades away (hides) and it is very irritating to click twice and some times more to ...
1
vote
0answers
38 views

Change text size greyed out in Windows 8.1 - how do I make the UI larger

I have just got a brand new 8" 1280x720 tablet but I found that the text size is too small. I entered PC Settings -> PC and devices -> Display but the "change the size of application, text and other ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

Windows 8.1: PC crashes after opening metro app

I recently installed windows 8.1 to my ASUS computer, it works and I installed my drivers. But for some reason when I connect it to an external display and open windows store, the computer crashes. ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Are there any Metro Internet Explorer command-line options?

IApplicationActivationManager::ActivateForProtocol works fine but only takes one parameter that has to be a URL. ActivateApplication(..., L"-private http://example.com", ...) does not work. The ...
2
votes
2answers
124 views

Problems With Windows 8.1 Metro Tiles and Apps

I just reinstalled Windows 8.1 Pro (x64) on to my computer and I'm having lots of problem in regards to the Metro Tiles (aka the start menu). One of the problem's is that when I boot into Windows and ...
4
votes
2answers
844 views

I've misconfigured Windows so that Metro apps are no longer shown in the Alt+Tab switcher. How can I undo my mistake?

By default, Windows 8.1 shows both Metro apps (Windows Store apps) and desktop apps in the Alt+Tab switcher. However, I have somehow changed some setting so that Metro apps are no longer shown in the ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

Windows 8.1 tiles do not react until I close Modern UI manually

I have the problem that I cannot start a program using modern-ui. If I click on a program from the apps-section of modern ui NOTHING HAPPENS. Its the same with apps that are pinned to start. ...
125
votes
9answers
80k views

How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8?

I just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, but I want to get rid of the new "Modern UI" Start Screen, and get the old Start Menu back. How do I do this?
0
votes
0answers
17 views

How to resize used area in metro?

When I run an older program in my laptop i.e Worms Armageddon sometimes the Metro interface "area with icons" will be resized to a part of the screen. If I restart the computer it gets back to ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Windows 8.1 drag from top to down makes desktop small and take only half the screen

I know the title is silly, but I really don't know how to describe it. So when I am on the desktop, and I try to make a selection by holding left click, and I do it from the top, it makes the desktop ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Windows 8 Windows Store (Metro/ModernUI) applications not working (just show 'busy' animation or white screen)

I have a Dell XPS 15 which shipped with Windows 7 x64, which I recently upgraded to Windows 8. The process went surprisingly smoothly (given that this was an upgrade, not a complete re-install), and ...
3
votes
3answers
138 views

How do I find the version of a Windows 8 store/RT app I have installed?

I can't seem to find it anywhere, even in the Windows Store and looking up say, the Microsoft "News" app, it does say I have it installed, but does not reveal what version it is. It would be nice to ...
3
votes
3answers
396 views

How to uninstall the Windows 8.1 apps screen completely?

There are plenty of pages on the web that describe how to boot/login directly to the desktop instead of the apps screen. For example: Boot straight to desktop and remove Metro UI elements How to ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

System-wise large font for Windows modern apps & Start screen

I bought an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet today. The font size for the icons on the Start screen and the Settings, and all modern apps generally, is too small. And there are LOTS of empty margins round the ...
9
votes
6answers
12k views

Windows 8 Metro Apps won't load

How do I get my Windows 8 Metro apps to load? The tiles update, but when I click on them, they spin around and show the solid splash screen, then disappear. Only the Store app opens. I've tried: ...
20
votes
2answers
16k views

How to remove apps from my list in the Windows 8 store?

I installed Windows 8 on my laptop to play around with it. I downloaded quite a lot of apps, even ones that I don't like. The ones I didn't like I uninstalled. Now, I installed Windows 8 on my ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Customize Windows 8 Snapped Window Border Size

Is there a way to make the border between a snapped metro app and the desktop/other apps smaller? It is such a minor thing, but I really don't need it to be nearly 1/4" thick.
0
votes
1answer
94 views

Hotkey for IE11 tabs in metro / modern / touch mode

Is there a Hotkey for the tabs button in IE11 in metro / modern /touch mode? Having to slide out the menu and click it is somewhat burdensome and would love a shortcut. (I am aware of ctrl+# for ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Windows 8.1 search not finding programs or control panel

My problem is similar (although not identical, i.e. the solution is not the same) to the problem addressed here. In short, neither Control panels (i.e. Update, NVIDIA, Display) or Programs (in the ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

How can I force Xbox Music to find music in all subfolders of my Music library?

My music library is organized (roughly) like this: Music mp3 (original) Artist/Album/Song mp3 (from Tom) Artist/Album/Song mp3 (from Dick) Artist/Album/Song ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

How to fix broken AppData permissions in Windows 8

Not knowing that this is a bad mistake — or maybe a massive bug in Windows 8 — I shared my complete user folder using Home Group on Windows 8 Pro x64. This changed the permissions for ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

how to quickly select multiple processes in windows 8 task manager to tile vertically or horizontally?

this was possible in windows 7 but is not in windows 8: open task manager sort processes by program name click the top program, hold shift, click the bottom program, highlight them all right click ...
9
votes
4answers
5k views

Change Windows 8.1 Metro Search Provider

Windows 8.1 is a great improvement over Windows 8. But the one thing that irks me is the deep integration of Microsoft services into the new Metro/Modern interface. Bing is now integrated into every ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Windows 8.1 Change Win+S to Win

Is there a way to change win+s shortcut to only win? I want this after pressing only one, win key instead of whole metro UI.
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Metro apps make my mouse weird

I have 3 monitors connected and set up in the right order, but whenever I launch the Mail app (or any other W8 app) my mouse cannot cross the edge of the screen. Now the weird part is that it ...
0
votes
1answer
469 views

Reverse mousewheel scrolling for Windows 8 Store apps

I'm using this method for inverting the scrolling direction for my mouse. It works perfectly fine in Windows 8 desktop mode. However, in Windows Store apps, the mouse direction is apparently inverted ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Can I show the “All Apps” section of the Metro Start screen using the keyboard?

In Windows 8.1, if I move my mouse to the bottom left of the Start screen, I see a small arrow in a circle. Clicking it shows all installed applications. I cannot figure out how to show this without ...