How to Find the Desktop and Start Menu in Windows 10 - dummies

How to Find the Desktop and Start Menu in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

The Windows 10 desktop and Start menu are easy to find. Windows 8 did its best to hide the desktop, but Windows 10 enthusiastically announces its return. There’s more good news. Shown in the following figure, the desktop is almost indistinguishable from the one in Windows 7.

The new Windows 10 desktop looks almost identical to the Windows 7 desktop.
The new Windows 10 desktop looks almost identical to the Windows 7 desktop.

When run in Tablet mode, programs and apps each consume the entire screen rather than run in separate windows. However, the desktop’s small buttons and thin bars still work best when controlled with a keyboard and mouse. If you’re using Windows 10 on a touchscreen tablet, you’ll probably want to buy a Bluetooth (wireless) mouse and keyboard for desktop work.

The Windows 10 desktop will run nearly all the Windows programs that ran on your old Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 computer. Exceptions are antivirus programs, security suites, and some utility programs. Those don’t usually transfer well from one Windows version to another.

Windows 10 now runs apps within a window on the desktop. On a tablet running in the new Tablet mode, however, apps still run full screen. To make them run in a window, turn off Tablet mode.