So the first thing I notice in Windows 8, aside from the doohickies in every corner of the screen, is that you may not know where to start! (hence the Start Button “panic”) Honestly, Microsoft spends all of their time making things easier with their operating system, (which the improvements are great, by the way, at least for me) but then they make other basic necessities of a computer more difficult for the average user! Let me explain below:
People do not like to set things up when they don’t know what they are doing.
Makes sense right? This is why we have IT departments that do these things for the business – to follow a standard. I noticed something that is, frankly stupid with windows 8. The shortcut to folders in the Start Menu is gone. Thats right, no more Start -> My Documents. That’s not the worst thing though, its that there is no other straight-forward way to get there!
So it turns out you need to click the File Explorer button to open the file explorer. Makes sense right? Now lets open another files window…. Having a difficult time doing it? Exactly. Not straight-forward. Honestly, I work with computers all day, but this annoys the hell out of me frankly.
You have a couple options at this point. You can use the file explorer button again. Only it is not like W7, where you can just click on it, oh no. You need to either middle click it, or right-click then click “File Explorer”. Okay so we got that down, now to go to my main working folder…. Problem again? Well you can “pin” these folders to the file explorer by dragging it there, then accessing it with a right-click. Or you can just place these shortcut folders on the desktop (“app”). So… in an operating system that pushes for fullscreen apps, why do you have only these options??
Now try explaining this to an old person (haha). Yes, software can manage files for people who do not want to manage them themselves. But for people who work with these files all of the time, this just doesn’t seem like a nice approach, does it?
Wouldn’t it be nice to maybe…. have folders that they always work with go right on the Start Menu, maybe? For easy access? One would think this would be a nice idea…