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Add a Quick Launch bar to the charms menu
In earlier versions of Windows, Microsoft has always included a way to designate some of your programs as favorites, with easy ways to get to them more quickly. You could pin those programs to the top of the Start menu or add them to the Quick Launch bar, for example. And for desktop programs you’ve pinned to the taskbar, you can use keyboard shortcuts (Windows key + 1, Windows key + 2, etc.) to launch them quickly.
Windows 8 doesn’t offer any quick and easy way to get to your favorite Windows apps. That seems like an oversight. Why not offer up some of the ample free space on the charms menu as a place to pin icons for favorite programs? With the new smaller tile size in Windows 8.1, it seems like a logical addition. Here’s a mockup that shows what it might look like.
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