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Add a visual cue for the charms menu
With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is adding a Start tip on the taskbar. That change addresses a usability problem with the original Windows 8 design, which offered no visual indication that clicking in the lower left corner was the way to get to the Start screen.
But what about the charms menu? Doesn’t it deserve a visual cue as well? How is a new or casual Windows 8 user supposed to know that the corners on the right side of the screen also lead to important new elements?
One solution might be to add a visual cue on the right side of the screen that hints at the existence of the charms menu. In fact, why not borrow the same design already used to separate snapped panes? That’s what I’ve done in the mockup shown here. The slim bar only takes up 22 pixels, but those three dots in the center add an unmistakable visual hint that something else is available there.
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