Windows 10: My windows 10 desktop changed

  1.    18 Oct 2017 #1

    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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       18 Oct 2017 #2

    bh0526 said: 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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       18 Oct 2017 #3

    bh0526 said: 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.

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       18 Oct 2017 #4

    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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       18 Oct 2017 #5

    Has to be Tablet Mode or Full Screen Start, they look almost identical.
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       18 Oct 2017 #6

    Bree said: 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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