1.    11 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows

    Unable to minimize to desktop; sends me to start menu instead


    My apologies if this isn't the right category; I wasn't really sure where to put this. Not very good with these things, honestly.
    Anyway, for one thing my start menu is stuck on full-screen, despite the fact that I never set this to happen and the settings say it isn't on. Second (and more importantly), minimizing all windows does not take me to the desktop as it should, and sends me to the start menu. It seems that the desktop is completely inaccessible, at that. It also automatically sends me to the start menu when I close the application/file I'm looking at. I can still access the files there through the file explorer (the files linked to shortcuts can be found elsewhere and non-shortcut files are in the 'Desktop' folder), but it's very bothersome and disorienting and I'd be much happier if I could put it back.
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  2.    11 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,129
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, have you ever had your start menu behaving normally, or has it been full screen since you installed/upgraded to Win 10? If so, what happened before it was displayed full screen?

    Have you tried changing the setting to full screen and then back again?

    As a possible convenience fix, try installing one of the replacement start menus- (essential in my view if you're primarily using the desktop) e.g. Classic Shell (which has a setting that allows you to launch the Win 10 menu with Shift Win). That may give you a 'fix' to use your desktop normally.

    Finally, do you have any disk images or system restore points prior to when the problems occurred? (Assuming you did have a normally working start menu at some point).

    I'm sure someone will have a more specific suggestion..
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  3.    11 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,484
    Windows 10 Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by 20firebird View Post
    My apologies if this isn't the right category; I wasn't really sure where to put this. Not very good with these things, honestly.
    Anyway, for one thing my start menu is stuck on full-screen, despite the fact that I never set this to happen and the settings say it isn't on. Second (and more importantly), minimizing all windows does not take me to the desktop as it should, and sends me to the start menu. It seems that the desktop is completely inaccessible, at that. It also automatically sends me to the start menu when I close the application/file I'm looking at. I can still access the files there through the file explorer (the files linked to shortcuts can be found elsewhere and non-shortcut files are in the 'Desktop' folder), but it's very bothersome and disorienting and I'd be much happier if I could put it back.
    Sounds like you're set to Tablet Mode.

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