The integration of the Start Screen interface in Windows 8 introduced several new features that were not present in previous versions of Windows.
While it appears that Microsoft will remove some of the options in desktop versions of the upcoming Windows 9 operating system, it is likely that they will remain more or less the same for touch-based systems.
ModernUI Tuner is a free program for Windows by WinAero that gives you options to tweak those settings to your liking.
The program requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 which is not a issue at all as it ships with the operating system.
When you start it up for the first time after you have downloaded and extracted it on your system, you see a well designed interface that divides the functionality on tabs.
The four tabs "close apps behavior", "charms bar", "app switching" and "start screen" provide you with the means to tweak various Windows 8 specific features.
Here is what each tab makes available:
As you can see from the options, it is mostly useful to Windows 8 users who use these controls that the operating system makes available.
If you do however, you may find the tweaks that it makes available useful. For instance, you can use the app to improve the closing of apps when you drag them. While some users may prefer to use Alt-F4 to close apps, others may prefer the dragging motion, especially when they use a touch device.
All settings can also be modified directly in the Windows Registry instead. ModernUI Tweaker may be more comfortable to use, but editing the Registry may be interesting to some users as well, for instance if these changes need to be made to a number of computer systems or if you dislike running Net software.
Here are the relevant keys:
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