In Windows 8, both the Start button and classic Start menu are gone. If you don’t like the full-screen, Metro-style “Start screen,” here is a new open source app will make all your Windows 8 troubles go away.
The app is called Classic Shell, and it does as the name suggests. It allows users to insert the Start button back into the desktop on Windows 8 and and customize it in a number of ways.
Here is the full list of Classic Shell functions from the developer’s site:
- Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
- Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
- Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
- Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
- Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
- Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
- The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
- Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
- Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
- Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
- Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
- Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
- Implements a customizable Start button (Windows 7 and 8)
- And last but not least – it’s FREE!
Classic Shell is available as a free, donation-supported utility that can be downloaded directly from the app’s Sourceforge page