Tips & Tricks


The Windows 8 Start screen hasn’t been Microsoft’s most successful innovation, and many Windows 8 users avoid it just as much as they can. But if that sounds like you, Windows 8.1 provides two new tweaks which just might help.
To begin, right-click the taskbar, select Properties > Navigation, check ‘Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start’, and click OK. Clicking the Start button then displays all your installed applications, rather than app tiles, perhaps making it easier to find whatever program you need.
If that doesn’t work for you, though, it’s now possible to boot straight into the desktop and bypass the Start screen altogether. Right-click the taskbar, select Properties > Navigation, check ‘When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start’, click OK, and you’ll be seeing far less of those colourful tiles in future.

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