3 Ways to Make Windows 8’s Metro User Interface Easier to Work With

There isn’t a device just yet that beats the desktop when it comes to productivity. But what if you would prefer using Windows 8’s new interface or you have no option since you own a touchscreen device.


For that purpose, here are 3 ways by which you can make the Metro interface easier to use:


#1: Find files with SkyDrive/OneDrive

Not only can you use SkyDrive or OneDrive to access your files in cloud storage but you can also look at files stored on your PC. When you tap the SkyDrive link in the upper left corner, an option titled “This PC” can be clicked to access files on your PC. Of course, SkyDrive/OneDrive shows the current user’s files by default but one can also explore the entire drive by tapping on Local Disk (C:).


#2: Set your default programs

One of the problems of dealing with two interfaces is that when you work, your default programs will keep moving you between one interface and the other. For example, if you try to open a JPG file, most mouse-and-desktop users will find themselves having to deal with the modern interface. For this reason, it is important for you to set most if not all of your default apps to the modern user interface.


All you have to do is open the Charms bar, located on the right side of the screen, and select ‘Settings’. At the bottom of the bar, select ‘Change PC Settings’ which will help you open the Settings app. Next tap Search and apps> Defaults.


#3: Use more Web Apps

Since Metro’s apps might not be enough to help you with your needs as it is still new, there are a number of web apps that you can find that will help you do so. All you have to do is pin any website to the Start screen by using Internet Explorer 11.