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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner’s Guide, Windows® 8.1 Edition, Seventh Edition by Michael Miller

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6. Using the Traditional Windows Desktop

Not everything in Windows 8.1 is Modern. Yes, you have to use the Start screen or Apps screen to launch your favorite programs, but you’re not stuck in the new Modern environment; you can still run traditional software programs on the tried-and-true Windows desktop.

Displaying the Desktop

If you’ve used a version of Windows prior to Windows 8 (or use a different version of Windows at work), you might wonder what happened to the Windows desktop. Well, it’s still there in Windows 8.1; you just have to know where to look.

The desktop used to be the control center ...

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