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Need for desktop in Windows RT

  1. #1

    Need for desktop in Windows RT

    I have heard that on the Surface 2, or perhaps in an update, that Microsoft "hid" the tile that allows one to choose the desktop. This is in Windows RT.

    I can understand a little bit as I don't use my desktop all that much, but their ARE reasons why I go into the desktop and why it should be kept as is without figuring out how to unhide it or get to it.

    I have a stand for my Windows RT and a Microsoft Wedge Keyboard, as well as the manufacturer keyboard, and a Bluetooth mouse. In this configuration, it allows me to go into the desktop and use IE the same way I do o my desktop at home and at work. The favorites bar is there and the address bar is in the standard location. It feels like I am on a regular PC when I attach a mouse and keyboard to my tablet.

    I also utilize the windows explorer in the desktop mode because there are times it is just faster to get to the files I need that way rather than using a Metro file browsing app.

    We should be able to get to the desktop easily if we choose to go there for whatever reason.

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Orlandotek,

    The Desktop has not been removed from Surface 2. It is still there, but only listed on the Apps screen by default now. You'll have to "Pin to Start" the Desktop tile to get it back on the Start screen now.

    Microsoft starts de-emphasizing the Desktop with Surface 2 | ZDNet

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

    Ah, okay. But, I think it should have remained front and center one of the first things you notice when the Start screen tiles come on for the first time. But, that is just IMHO. Thanx for the input
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  4. #4

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    64-bit Windows 10

    You're welcome. I agree. The Desktop tile should have been left pinned to Start by default.
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