Without a doubt, Start screen is one of the most talked about and criticized areas of Windows 8 operating system. Even though Microsoft tried to enhance the Start screen with more customization options and even an option to boot directly to the desktop by skipping the Start screen, majority of Windows 8/8.1 users aren’t really satisfied with the Start screen.
A handful number of programs have been released over the last two years to enhance and customize the Start screen. There are programs to show Start screen within the desktop environment, show taskbar at the bottom of the Start screen, pin apps and files to the Start screen, change Start screen background image, set animated wallpaper or video as Start screen background, show dock on the Start screen, and more. Even Microsoft is preparing an update to Windows 8.1 that will add Shutdown and search buttons to the Start screen.
Users who’re using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and can’t wait for the official release of Windows 8.1 Update 1 (also known as Windows 8.1 feature pack) can now add power menu and search box to the Start screen by installing a little program called Start Screen Unlimited.
Search Google right from Start screen
The free version of Start Screen Unlimited adds a little bar to the Start screen that includes search box to search the web using Google search engine (search results will appear in your default web browser), a power button that lets you shut down, hibernate, sleep, or reboot, Control Panel, date and time to the Start screen. Best of all, the Start Screen Unlimited bar can be moved anywhere on the Start screen. In other words, you can place this bar anywhere on the Start screen.
Please note that a paid version of Start Screen Unlimited is also available with 3D menus and automatic update. The free version of Start Screen Unlimited doesn’t include any adware, malware or toolbars and is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8/8.1 systems.
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