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Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks: Boot to Desktop

DesktopI keep hearing every other day people complaining about Windows 8.  Most of the complaints are still about the Windows Start screens.  Even though I don’t believe that people have given it much of a chance, I have just resorted to chipping away at the complaining.

Though my response was usually, “What don’t you like about it?”, I now say, “You know you can boot to desktop so you don’t have to see it right away, right?  Most of the time, I still hear, “No, I didn’t know that.”  Geez.  Talk about uniformed people.

So, I thought I would write up a quick post to quickly explain how to boot to desktop.

First Step:  Go to the desktop by going to your favorite Start Screen and clicking on your desktop Icon.  You could also the Windows + D keyboard Shortcut.


Second Step:  Right click on the Taskbar and select Properties


Third Step:  Select the Navigation tab


Fourth Step:  Place a check in the box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”


Now, when you restart Windows and Sign-in, you will be brought right to the familiar desktop screen.


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