Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Windows 8 support with metro style user interface

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With Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has made some stunning changes when compared to its previous version. One of the major goals of Microsoft with Windows 8 was to make it suitable for touch screen devices. To fulfill this objective, Microsoft has introduced the Metro style user interface in Windows 8 to make it more attractive and compatible with touch screen devices. This article contains information provided by Windows 8 support team regarding its new metro style user interface.

Metro user interface explained in detail by Windows 8 support team

Windows 8 support team explains that the Windows 8 user interface of two different elements, the metro user interface and the traditional user interface. So with these improvements Microsoft has able to provide a stunning looks for its desktop and other components like Internet Explorer and a Copy File dialogue box.

Unlike the traditional Windows interface, the new Metro interface offers much more than visual affect. According to the Windows 8 support team, users can also feel the difference of Metro style interface while using some tools, APIs, languages, UI  etc.

Windows 8 support team explains that Windows 8 is having a no compromise design, which means it works well with old and new. Windows 8 support team also informs that users will get an attractive, quick and fluid metro style interface and a variety of different applications to use.

Windows 8 support team is of the opinion that if you like the metro style user interface so much, then you can choose not to use the ordinary desktop permanently, so that the role of desktop will be cleared.

Extended Taskbar
The taskbar is extended in Windows 8 natively across both monitors. All the pinned and running tasks on the taskbar are displayed on both the monitors and the start button is there on the primary monitor but that’s not it. The secondary monitor features a switcher button in place of the start button, clicking which will swap it with the start button, bringing it to the secondary monitor and taking the switcher to the primary one.
extended taskbar
This can come really handy when you want to be able to control Windows from both monitors, especially in scenarios when you don’t have both displays side by side or even visible at the same angle, like projector displays during presentations.

Extended Wallpaper
For extending the wallpaper, across both your monitors, you will need an image with the right dimensions that can span across both your screens, or it will appear pixelated or stretched. Once you have the image you want as your extended wallpaper, right-click the Desktop and click ‘Customize’. From the themes, select ‘Windows Extended’ under Aero Themes, as shown in the following screenshot.
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Once you have the theme selected, you can then select your extended wallpaper. Click ‘Desktop Background’ to bring up the wallpaper customization interface. From there, browse to the location where you saved your extended wallpaper if it isn’t already being displayed there. Right-click the wallpaper of your choice and from the menu, select ‘Set for all monitors’ as shown in the screenshot below.

Windows 8 also lets you set different wallpapers for each monitor. Simply follow the above procedure but instead of selecting ‘Set for all monitors’, select the particular monitor you want to apply it on.

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