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Getting Apps Screen when I try to go to Start Screen

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    Windows 8.1

    Getting Apps Screen when I try to go to Start Screen


    As I understand it, when I it the Windows key or mouse-click lower left while in the desktop, it is supposed to take me to the Start Screen. Indeed, it did work this way for some time. However, now, when I do either, it takes me to the Apps Screen and I have to do something (one of several) to switch to the Start Screen. Once there, if I hit Windows key or click lower left repeatedly, it goes Start Screen -> Apps Screen -> Desktop -> Apps Screen -> Desktop, etc. I think this is wrong. It is certainly not what I want; but my searching has not run across any other mention of this behavior. I don't want it to go to the Apps Screen when I hit Windows key or click in lower left. I only want to go there if I specifically do something to get there from the Start screen. (E.g., little arrow, Ctrl-Tab) How do I get back to the Start Screen being the default choice between these two?

    The behavior changed some time after I upgraded to Windows 8.1; but I am not sure if it was immediately after. I suspect not. I've only had the computer for a week, so I am still becoming accustomed to Windows 8. (Coming from XP and 7 and having read a lot of negative comments, I was expecting that I would hate Windows 8. As it turns out, I don't understand the presumed problems. The functionality of Windows 7 is still there. The Start Screen is actually nicer than the Start button - once you figure out how to configure it and get rid of all the junk.)

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    Try this:

    Right click the taskbar and select properties.
    Select the "Navigation" tab

    Make sure you have item "Show the Apps view..etc" turned OFF

    Start Screen - Open to Start or Apps View in Windows 8.1
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Mar 2014 at 10:47. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Try this:

    Right click the taskbar and select properties.
    Select the "Navigation" tab

    Make sure you have item "Show the Apps view..etc" turned OFF
    Yup. That's all it took. Thanks.

    I had not been into that Navigation menu before, so I wonder how that setting got switched. It is hard to believe that it would become the default when I upgraded to 8.1. Also strange that I could not compose a search string that would lead me to the navigation menu.
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    God (and MS) work in mysterious ways!
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