Interesting side effect of having low storage space (~<30 gigs) on Windows 10: It seems to stop Cortana/Start from working. .
2016-03-05 11:53:36 GMT
Does it affect the taskbar shortcuts, too? (just curious, since I have not upgraded to 10 yet and pretty much live off my taskbar shortcuts, rather than ever using the start menu)
No, it doesn't seem to have any effect on the taskbar shortcuts; just the start menu/search (which is a pain, since I use the search to open about half of the programs I use regularly - there's just no room on my taskbar, and the search makes it so simple to open them when it works)
I have a fairly small (I think it's 256 gig, but can't remember for certain off the top of my head) primary system drive, because I opted for an SSD when I bought the computer 3 years ago. I store all of my documents, etc. on external drives, but the system drive still gets a little crowded if I don't do regular cleanup of apps and downloads.
Try this substitute for the start search:
And I have no idea what "no room on my taskbar" actually means. If you saw mine, you'd understand why (it autohides):
I had mine auto-hide and docked at the top of my screen for a long time, but about twice/week, some app would end up screwing things up & making it so I couldn't get the taskbar to unhide (or I couldn't get the taskbar to hide again, and then couldn't get to the minimize/close buttons on the app itself), so I finally gave up and left my taskbar docked at the bottom with it being always visible.
The problem with leaving things pinned to the taskbar is that the taskbar and the pinned items share the same row, so if you keep too many things pinned, you can never find the other things you have open. Windows 10 basically just adds a scrollbar (not actually, it's more a set of arrows) to the taskbar, so you have to shuffle back & forth between things in order to find what you're looking for in the taskbar once it overflows. You can switch to small taskbar icons, though, which gives you about twice as much horizontal space, but it seems like not all apps (including Edge and the Windows Store) have a small icon, so there's a blank space where the icon should be.
I don't pin mine to the taskbar like you are referring to. I create individual toolbars from folders of shortcuts. They stay above the open applications. You can also right click the shortcuts, go to properties, and change the icon for those that don't show one. Another benefit with using folders of shortcuts is that you can put a shortcut to anything on your taskbar, including text files, and via command line parameters in the shortcut target, specify what app they should open in.
And if you don't want to do it that way, the same site I linked to before with the substitute for the start search, also has a nice launchbar:
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