1.    4 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Marathon, FL
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    My windows 10 desktop changed


    I have been using Windows 10 for over a year. But suddenly, my desktop is all different. Now I have "Life at a glance" and "Play and explore" with icons all over the desktop. I want my old desktop back where I had a taskbar with all the icons I use on a daily basis. How can I get this back?
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by bh0526 View Post
    I have been using Windows 10 for over a year. But suddenly, my desktop is all different. Now I have "Life at a glance" and "Play and explore" with icons all over the desktop. I want my old desktop back where I had a taskbar with all the icons I use on a daily basis. How can I get this back?
    Sounds like you are looking at the Start Menu, not the Desktop. Click the Windows icon lower left and you will go back to Desktop. Those titles you quoted are the default group titles for the Start Menu.

    You may also have gotten yourself into Tablet Mode. In the Action Center (lower right corner of taskbar), check to see if Tablet Mode is on. Turn off if it is.

    Turn On or Off Tablet Mode in Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by bh0526 View Post
    I have been using Windows 10 for over a year. But suddenly, my desktop is all different. Now I have "Life at a glance" and "Play and explore" with icons all over the desktop. I want my old desktop back where I had a taskbar with all the icons I use on a daily basis. How can I get this back?
    If I understand you correctly, you have described Tablet Mode.
    Please follow the 2 steps described in the screenshot. That should bring you back to your normal desktop mode.

    Click image for larger version. 

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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040

    Hello bh0526, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    In addition, you may have Start full screen turned on. If so, turning it off should help.

    Turn On or Off Full Screen Start Menu in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Has to be Tablet Mode or Full Screen Start, they look almost identical.
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree View Post
    Has to be Tablet Mode or Full Screen Start, they look almost identical.
    yep, that's why I mentioned both.
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