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  1. #1


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    The desktop


    There have been a lot of questions about how to boot directly into desktop and avoid Metro. My question is just the opposite. When I'm in Metro and I open an app, it first brings up the desktop and then the app on top of it. I would like to open an app without opening desktop. Is there a way?

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    No , the apps who behave like this are Desktop Apps.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


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    I don't think I quite understand your question.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Coke he want to open an application ,let say Photoshop, without Windows 8 leaving the start page ( desktop at the back)


    to the OP , the desktop is always open
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    Windows 8.1 pro


    I have a similar query. Is there a way to set say a timeout? Say I leave in on the desktop unattended for 10 min. Then have it return to metro?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chromatica View Post
    I have a similar query. Is there a way to set say a timeout? Say I leave in on the desktop unattended for 10 min. Then have it return to metro?
    I have a feeling a batch script and adding a task might do that....
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    Wait, I must be REALLY overthinking this, because it feels like you're asking if you're in the Start Screen and open a Desktop app, you don't want it to open the Desktop right away?
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    Posts : 72
    Windows 8 Pro


    It sounds like he wants desktop apps to behave like Metro apps and launch full-screen (never showing the desktop) right from the Start screen.

    I solve that bit of Windows schizophrenia by not launching desktop apps from the Metro UI... I don't see the point. To me the desktop and the Metro/Modern UI are separate workspaces with separate, distinct functions.
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