How to Make Windows 8 Start in Desktop

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Written By Joyce VFM

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If you want your computer to automatically start in the desktop, you can do this in several ways. First, you can use the Classic Shell to skip the Start screen and forward you to the desktop. However, this method may not work on slow machines. For this reason, you may not be able to see the desktop right away after booting. You can also try to disable the Start button by pressing the Windows key. In addition, you can access the Start menu from the Charms bar on the right side of the screen by pressing Win-c.

All Settings radio button

There are two ways to change the Start menu in Windows 8. Using the All Settings radio button will give you more control over the Start menu. If you prefer the Classic Shell, you can choose to boot directly into the desktop by selecting the Basic Settings radio button. Alternatively, you can select the Skip Metro Screen option, but this will require multiple reboots.

The first method involves using a special scheduled task in Windows 8. This will be triggered at log-on. It does not require any third-party tools or programs. It just requires a simple text file, with five lines of code, with the extension SCF.

Configuring OpenAtLogon

You can configure OpenAtLogon to make Windows 8 start in desktop by following these steps. First, make sure that the General tab is selected. Next, click the “Show desktop” button. Then, select Windows 8 from the Configure for drop-down menu. Make sure that you leave Security options at “Run only when the user is logged on” because this way, some applications may not work. You can also enable “Boot to desktop” through Group Policy.

After making these changes, reboot your computer. This will make Windows 8 start in desktop automatically whenever you sign in or close an application. Alternatively, you can choose to boot your computer straight to desktop each time at the Start. Alternatively, you can also use the Control Panel or the Power User Menu in Windows 8 to make Windows 8 start in desktop.

To configure OpenAtLogon to make Windows 8 start in desktop, you need to download two files. One for the 64-bit version of Windows 8, and another for the 32-bit version. Run the file with the correct file extension. This tool may trigger a Windows SmartScreen warning. If you receive this message, you should read the article linked below.

If you are using a tablet or a laptop, you can disable the “charms bar” when you move the mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen. To disable it, go to the “Corner navigation” area of the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box. Then, click “OK” and “Apply.” Your computer will start in desktop mode the next time you log in.

Shake to minimize open windows

One useful tip to minimize open windows on your desktop is to use a feature called Aero Shake. This feature minimizes all open windows except the currently active window, and restores them with a single click. To enable Aero Shake, click the title bar and hold the mouse button down. This will allow you to shake the window back and forth, and restore the minimized window. Microsoft is currently working to eliminate the feature, but you can still use it to minimize open windows on your desktop.

To disable Aero Shake, navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry key and uncheck the checkbox next to “Enable Aero Shake to minimize open windows on desktop.” You can also disable the feature by changing a DWORD value in the registry to DisallowShake.

However, the tool does require a little practice to get the hang of. First, you should make sure that you don’t move the window too far across the desktop, otherwise you might trigger the “hot corner” feature. This is a default feature, but can be disabled to prevent accidental window minimizing.

In Windows 7, the feature was introduced. Now, it’s included in Windows 11. Users can use the feature to minimize open windows or close unneeded ones. To use this feature, select a program window and hold down the left mouse button. Then, shake the mouse while holding down the left click. When the process is complete, the windows will be minimized and the focus will be put on the primary window.

Creating a taskbar icon

You can make a shortcut on the desktop for a specific application. For example, if you want to open the calculator app, you can create a shortcut in the taskbar with the same name as the actual application. You can also use an icon from the start menu. After locating the icon, right-click it and select the “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to start” command. After this, simply drag your custom Start button to the left side of the taskbar.

Once you have made the shortcut, you need to enable the “show hidden files” option. This will give you an expanded context menu. From here, click “Pin to taskbar” to pin the application to the taskbar. Similarly, you can choose “Unpin from taskbar” to remove the app from the taskbar. However, you cannot remove the Start menu icon.

You can also change the location of the taskbar on the screen menu. Right-click the taskbar to open the taskbar properties window. Next, click the checkbox next to “Desktop” and click OK. If you’re unsure of the exact location of the taskbar, try using the Start menu to access the desktop view.

You can add a taskbar icon to start in desktop mode using one of two methods: either drag and drop it onto the Start menu, or you can right-click and choose “Pin to Start”. This will open a shortcut menu, which includes “Pin to Start” and “Pin to Desktop”. After pinning the icon to your desktop, you can start using it from anywhere.

Viewing open windows on the taskbar

Windows 8 comes with a feature that lets you view open windows on the taskbar when the operating system starts in desktop mode. The feature is called Peek, and it gives you a thumbnail preview of the currently open windows. It also allows you to move and unsnap windows, and maximize them. The other new feature is called Flip, which allows you to scroll through the open windows on the taskbar.

Windows 8 also has a new feature called Jump Lists for many programs. These lists contain recent and frequently opened items so that you can open them easily. These lists are useful for quickly accessing frequently used items, recent files, and performance tasks. For example, Internet Explorer offers a Jump List so that you can open frequently visited websites with a few clicks. You can also access the Jump List by right-clicking an icon on the taskbar.

You can change the position of the taskbar in Windows 8 by selecting it from the screen menu. You can also change the default layout by right-clicking on the taskbar. Alternatively, you can select the desktop view from the Start menu. In the desktop view, you will see the taskbar in a list box. In the list box, you can see the open windows in order of how they were opened.

To turn on the feature, click the Turn system icons on or off link. This opens a page with multiple combo boxes. Here you can enable or disable the feature. Moreover, you can change the duration of the time that the notification remains open. The default is five seconds, but you can increase this time if you wish. Toggle the notifications for specific apps or the entire desktop.

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