In Pictures: Making the most of Windows 8 - the diehard's guide

You may need to break many old habits to get the most out of Windows 8, but it doesn't have to be a cataclysmic event

Coping with Windows 8 Start: Taskbar pinning

The legacy Start menu is gone for keeps. In its place is the full-page Metro-powered Start screen. Because the new Start menu takes up the whole screen, it's bound to be jarring. One way to get around this is to move the Start screen to a secondary monitor; another way is to use the taskbar that much more. Apps can be pinned to the taskbar and accessed with a single click, just as in Windows 7. Right-click on legacy Windows items on the Metro Start screen to pin them to the taskbar as a way to avoid having to traverse the Start screen to launch them. The taskbar should have enough space on most systems for several commonly used applications.

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