BITS & BYTES: 'WinX' menu can prove helpful

2013-07-31T15:36:00Z BITS & BYTES: 'WinX' menu can prove helpfulApril Miller Cripliver Times Business Columnist

Q: What is the WinX menu in Windows 8, and why should I care about it?

A: By definition, there is no menu actually called the WinX Menu in Windows 8. However, the name seems to come from holding the Windows key and then pressing the letter X. You can also access this menu by right-clicking the Start Screen button in Windows 8.

Regardless of how you produce the menu, it’s amazingly helpful once you see it. It contains a list of 15 items that provide you with quick access to frequently used operations. These 15 items are:

  • Programs and Features
  • Power Options
  • Event Viewer
  • System
  • Device Manager
  • Disk Management
  • Computer Management
  • Command Prompt
  • Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Task Manager
  • Control Panel
  • File Explorer
  • Search
  • Run
  • Desktop

Q. I’m new to Microsoft Office 2013. Do you have any advice for those of us who hate it?

A. Try to fall in love with Microsoft Office 2013 with these quick tips:

Disable the Start Screen for Individual Office 2013 Programs:

1. Launch the Office program for which you want to disable the welcome Start screen. Let’s say you want to disable the Start screen for Word alone. Launch Word 2013 on your computer and choose any of the templates from the Start screen to open the editor window.

2. Click on the File button and then on the Option button to open Word Options.

3. Under the general options you will have to uncheck the option “Show the Start screen when the application starts.”

4. Click Save to make the changes permanent.

Add lines to break up the Outlook 2013 message list:

From the Inbox, click View / View Settings / Other Settings and set the Grid Line Style to Solid. This will help your eye strain a bit.

To change the bright white color used in Office 2013 applications, try this: Right-click on your Desktop, then select Personalization. Select Window color at the bottom of the screen, then select Advanced Appearance settings. Left-click on the Window text picture and then select the Color 1 drop down box. Select “other” and then move the crosshair to the color you prefer. Press OK twice to save your changes. The background color for all Office programs will be changed.

Opinions are solely the writer's. April Miller Cripliver, of Chesterton, has a doctorate in management information systems and is a computer hardware and software consultant. E-mail your computer questions to, and specify your operating system and other pertinent PC information.

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