1.    23 Jan 2017 #1
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    "Desktop" shortcut for full-screen start menu?


    My mom just got a new tablet which came with Windows 10. I'm trying to set it up to be as similar as she was used to with Windows 8.1

    I know with the full-screen start menu, you can technically just press the Windows key a second time to return to the desktop view you were just in, but it would be nice if there was something I could click on.

    I tried copying the .lnk from Windows 8 and the early 10 betas with the "start screen" option, but alas they don't work in the final versions of Windows 10 at all - they don't even show up in the start menu!

    I know you can make a "Show Desktop" shortcut, that does the equivalent of Win+D... but that's not really what I'm after. Mainly just need a simple way to return to the desktop after pressing the Windows key.

    Is such a thing possible? Worst case scenario I could do something like AutoHotKey the Windows key, but that's kinda stupid, there's surely something built in. Some Explorer: shell command maybe?
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  2.    23 Jan 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
    Mainly just need a simple way to return to the desktop after pressing the Windows key.
    The simplest way I can think of to switch in/out of tablet mode (and the one I use) is WinKey + A to open the Action Centre, where a click on the 'Tablet Mode' tile switches the mode on/off. Though I don't think that's quite what your asking for.
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  3.    24 Jan 2017 #3
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    Right, no, that's not it. I'm intentionally not using "tablet mode", because that disables the desktop entirely (which is super annoying, IMO)

    The full-screen start, while keeping it in desktop mode, is a much closer match to what 8 and 8.1 had, though it's not perfect. No "desktop" shortcut for one.
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  4.    24 Jan 2017 #4
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    Hello drfsupercenter,

    You should be able to click/tap on the Start button on the taskbar to close the full screen Start menu and return to the desktop.
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  5.    24 Jan 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello drfsupercenter,

    You should be able to click/tap on the Start button on the taskbar to close the full screen Start menu and return to the desktop.
    Right, I know that, but old habits die hard and I was just curious if there's a way to make an actual shortcut that does the same thing.
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  6.    24 Jan 2017 #6
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    @drfsupercenter
    Check the swipe actions, swipe from the left, on my Windows tablet, gives me 'Tab Switcher'. Fairly handy!
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  7.    24 Jan 2017 #7
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    The start menu will stow upon clicking any pinned item. So, taking advantage of this, we can stimulate the press of a Windows key from a click by clicking on a pinned shortcut that does nothing. Is there an executable will enable us to do nothing? Sure is.

    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
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  8.    24 Jan 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
    The start menu will stow upon clicking any pinned item. So, taking advantage of this, we can stimulate the press of a Windows key from a click by clicking on a pinned shortcut that does nothing. Is there an executable will enable us to do nothing? Sure is.

    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
    Awesome, that's exactly what I was looking for

    One more question though, is there a way to customize the Start icon that shows up? Most non-modern apps only let you do "small" or "medium" size, not "wide" or "large"
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  9.    24 Jan 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by drfsupercenter View Post
    Awesome, that's exactly what I was looking for

    One more question though, is there a way to customize the Start icon that shows up? Most non-modern apps only let you do "small" or "medium" size, not "wide" or "large"
    WinTileR - it's available in the Store.

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  10.    25 Jan 2017 #10
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    Looks like "EdgeTile" can do the same thing, but it's free.

    Shame these have to be installed from the Store though, as now I have an extra entry in the start menu I don't particularly need.

    I'll look around to see if I can find any non-UWP programs that do similar (as you can just delete the start menu shortcut for those)
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