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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Windows Desktop

It’s easy enough to get to the desktop. On the Start screen, tap or click the Desktop tile. (Unless you’ve moved it, it’s the lower-left tile.) Or press +D. Either way, TileWorld instantly vanishes—and the desktop appears.

Tip

Move the Desktop tile to the top left position on the Start screen. Now, no matter what you’re doing, you can jump to the Desktop with a quick press of the key (to open the Start screen) and then Enter (to open the first item).

When it first appears, the desktop’s wallpaper (background photo) is probably something installed by your PC’s manufacturer. By all means choose one of the much more attractive Windows desktop pictures, as described in Chapter 8.

All the traditional Windows landmarks are here at the desktop—the taskbar, the Recycle Bin—except one: the Start menu. You’re supposed to use the Start screen to open programs and files now.

To get to the Start screen from the desktop:

  • Touchscreen: Press the button. Or tap the button in the lower-left corner (new in Windows 8.1).

  • Mouse: Click the button in the lower-left corner.

  • Keyboard: Press the ...

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