Start button in various versions of Windows
The Start button, familiar to many Windows users, launches the main menu of the operating system. You can activate this function by clicking on its name in the left mouse button. In addition, a similar effect will produce a keystroke on the keyboard with the Windows logo. This menu is the main starting point for launching programs, as well as opening recent documents and navigating to the properties of the operating system. This feature first appeared in Windows 95. Already since the XP platform version, two menu options have been implemented. “Classic” is similar to that used in Windows 95 / ME. Standard is set to XP by default. It can run the programs that are used most often. A similar choice of options is present in Vista. Windows 7 provides only the standard version of the design of the "Main Menu". Next, we discuss the development of this tool in different versions of the platform.
Implementations on systems that are no longer supported
In Windows 9x / 2000, the Start button brings up a menu with a standard list of components. The tool includes items: "Settings", "Search", "Programs" and "Documents", which are located separately from one another. The Windows version is shown on the left side of the menu that is being called. In this case, the display of the user name is not provided. You can log off and turn off the computer thanks to the same menu item of the same name. In the case of Windows XP, the Start button launches the tool with an updated interface. The menu displays the avatar and username. There is access to E-mail client and browser. There is a list of frequently used programs. The function of opening special folders is provided. There are separate buttons to turn off the computer. As for the “Start” feature in Vista, it has been modified. The “All Programs” list is located on the left side of the menu. In the lower left part of the tool there is a field for quick search of programs and documents. If you hover the cursor on the Pictures, Documents and other folders, their icons are displayed enlarged.
In this operating system, the "Start" button brings up a menu with new features.There is a quick return function to frequently viewed places. For example, if you move the cursor to the item Microsoft Word, a list of previously opened documents will appear next to it. The most important points can be fixed with the "pushpin". There are some additional menu items, among which should be noted "Recorded TV". Switching off is carried out in the usual way.
This system has received an updated interface. On Window 8, the Start button does not call up the menu, but a separate screen. This feature is part of the Metro-system interface. However, when upgrading to Windows 8.1, some of the previous functions of the tool were returned. It was planned that the full Start menu will be returned in Update 1, but the solution was implemented only in the next version of the operating system. By the way, as for the Metro-interface: the developer had to abandon this name because of a dispute with a third-party company, which declared its rights to this name. This language is now called the developers Modern UI.
In this operating system, the special screen was canceled, and the Start button brings up a more familiar, but reworked menu.The tool includes a redesigned Metro-style interface. The menu is divided into parts: the classic left and right, which includes live tiles. They can be turned off, resized, moved. The top left is the name of the active account, by clicking on it, you can lock the computer, change the user and exit the operating system. Also see the user's avatar. To the right there is a familiar power button, which includes three items - reboot, shutdown, sleep.