Can't switch from desktop to tablet mode Solved

  1.    #1

    Can't switch from desktop to tablet mode


    Having used W10 on the SurfacePro 2 with keyboard for several years, I suddenly find that I can only use desktop mode. When I try to switch to the tablet mode using the left hand windows icon on the task bar, the icon "greys out" and doesn't function, and from then on the task bar doesn't work. I have run a full, "in-depth" virus check using Avast, and nothing came up. Because I can't switch to tablet, I don't know how to access settings - the search icon and the one to the left of it also don't work. I am not aware of any event which preceded this problem.
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  2.    #2

    I have now noticed that there are additional, possibly related, problems -
    I can't read e-mails on WLM
    I can't read pdf files
    i can't open (Open Office) spreadsheets
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  3. bro67's Avatar
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    Does the Tablet icon in the Action Center still allow you to switch between modes? Are you using any kind of third party software to change the Start Menu (ie Classicshell or Start10), when did this start happening (ie after the last push by Microsoft to update Windows 10, after new software installed)? Check Settings to make sure you can enter Tablet Mode when signing in. How to enable tablet mode on Windows 10 Pureinfotech See this about the registry fix to disable and enable Tablet Mode. Turn On or Off Tablet Mode in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  4.    #4

    Thanks for your quick response.

    The Action Centre is no longer displayed.
    I am not using any third party software to change the start menu.
    This happened after the 6th December and before the 13th December - I was travelling over this period so the computer wasn't used.
    I have tried the links you give - the first link isn't relevant as I can't access either Action Centre or Settings as the Windows key doesn't work and the second link, after following the instructions to download and run the "Turn on Tablet mode " file, nothing happens after restarting the computer.

    Incidentally, the Windows key doesn't work for screen capture.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Brain of Pooh said: View Post
    Because I can't switch to tablet, I don't know how to access settings - the search icon and the one to the left of it also don't work...
    Brain of Pooh said: View Post
    ... I can't access either Action Centre or Settings as the Windows key doesn't work....

    Sometimes all it needs to fix 'odd' problems is to use 'Restart' from the Power button (it must be Restart, not Shut down).


    If that doesn't work, then can you open a Command Prompt or Powershell? If so, open one (either will do) and type the command start ms-settings: to open Settings.

    If you can't open Command or Powershell, use Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager. In Task Manager use 'File > Run new task' and run ms-settings:
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    If your using multiple monitors you can not use Tablet Mode. Just a FYI post for anybody esle comming here with a similar issue.
    I triple monitors on my main desktop and have to switch to PC Only (single) to be able to switch to Tablet Mode.
    If I switch to Extend its greyed out and not available.
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  7.    #7

    Thanks for these suggestions. I have now been able to restore to the recovery point for the last update (05/12/18) and that has resolved my problems. I couldn't do this before, as I couldn't access settings.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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