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Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks: How to boot to desktop

Win8Desktop

So, you still aren’t sold out on the new Start Screen for WIndows 8.1?  Well, my 2 cents.  You are crazy!  But, as they say, “you can lead a house to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  That applies to you, but hey, I guess I have to live with it.  I mean, it is your life.  My gut feeling is that you probably really haven’t given it much of a try.  But hey, up to you.  Is it the beauty of it that you don’t like?  That’s okay.  Is it that you want to go into your application to find quick information instead of just looking in one place?  Cool, I understand that there are people who really like to stay in their rut and keep doing the same things.  Maybe you like using the old Start Menu instead of a Start Screen with more functionality.  Nice.

 

I know, you are saying, “Dude, let it go, I just don’t like change, show me how to stay how I am now!”  Okay, okay, I will jump off of my soap box and get to the point!  So, you wanna just boot to the desktop instead of seeing that beautiful Start Screen (oops, there I go again).  Windows 8.1 now allows you to do it pretty easily.  You could use a number of utilities created by the Windows 8 haters, but why, when it is built in?  Let’s get you setup. (bummer)

First thing you will want to do is jump to your (old) desktop (boo000).  You can do this from your new beautiful Start Screen by clicking or tapping on the Desktop tile.

SelectDesktop

Now, right click on the desktop taskbar and select properties.

SelectTaskbarProperties

Select the Navigation tab in the properties dialog.

SelectNavigationTab

Next, make sure that you check the box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” and select Ok.

SelectSignInDesktop

You are all set, restart your machine and you should be taken directly to your (ugly) desktop that can’t do as much as the super awesome amazing cool new Start Screen in Windows 8.1.

Hope this helps you out … and that some day you realize what you are missing out on!  Smile

 
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