Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8

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.It has a simple, one-window interface populated with options

touching both on the functionality of the modern UI in Windows 8 and

Microsoft’s file manager.Although there are few options

available, the application window is split into three sections, all

affecting the Modern UI part in Windows 8.Under “Metro

Options,” the developer offers the possibility to disable the new Start

menu or the ribbon in Windows Explorer. You can either disable both at

once or only one of them. The reverse is also available, so you can

enable the new menu and access the ribbon in Microsoft’s file manager.However, we have noticed that the application has trouble eliminating

the start menu screen, which would have resulted in restoring the old

orb button. In our case, checking this option resulted in no change.This is because the app was created for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

edition, or earlier, which allowed users a simple registry hack to

override the start screen straight into the desktop view.With

the ribbon in Windows Explorer, though, Metro UI Tweaker did a great

job. Unless you need the options in the ribbon toolbar, choosing to

remove it results in a more compact-looking file manager.On

the other hand, a menu bar pops up instead, with various options for

file handling: share, burn, create new folder, etc. Some users may like

the new look, despite the fact that it leaves less space to view the

actual files.For the modifications in Metro Options to take effect, the application requires a system restart.The second section in the application is called “Power Options” and it

is only available if you do not disable the start screen. As its name

suggests, this area contains choices for handling the state of the

computer. These are the same ones available in Windows 7: Log Off,

Sleep, Switch User, Restart, Lock and Shut down.The power

options in Windows 8 include only Sleep, Shut down and Restart actions.

Locking your computer can be done either by hitting Win+L key combo; or

you can press the famous Ctrl+Alt+Del and have access to both Lock and

Switch user command.

Most of the users are unhappy with the current layout, so what Metro UI

Tweaker does is place all of them in an easier to access area.

Unfortunately, it cannot pin them to the taskbar directly or the context menu of the Start button, so you’ll have to take the next best thing: the Modern Start Screen.You simply check the options you want added to the start screen and

apply the modifications. The application automatically fires up the

restart requirement message, but you can ignore it as everything works

without having to reboot the system.When it runs for the first

time, the program automatically creates a folder in Windows folder,

where it stores all the power applications. This happens in order to

protect the files from being moved, accidentally or not, in which case

the power commands no longer work and errors may appear.The

third section of the program allows you to pin an application to the

start menu. This is nothing extraordinary, since Windows 8 features this

option in the context menu for executables and other type of files.There is no message to indicate that the task has been carried out

successfully, so the only way to check it is to look in the start screen

for the new s.It does not require installation and our test system did not show any

sign of instability as a result of the changes it sustained.You can use it to place power options (Log off, Switch user, Lock,

Sleep, Restart and Shut down) within easy reach, on the start screen.The list of tweaks is quite limited and some of them do not work

because they were intended for an earlier version of Windows 8. does not bring to the table an impressive collection of options for

customizing Windows 8’s modern interface, but it manages to pin power

buttons in the new start screen, which improves the functionality of the

operating system.Hopefully, the developer will come out with a

new version for the application and expand the list of features once

Windows 8 is launched officially.

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