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Return to Start Menu instead of desktop

  1. #1


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    Win 8.1 over Win 8

    Return to Start Menu instead of desktop


    Hi. I am running win 8.1. I bought my laptop with 8.1 installed, but I suspect that Dell took my win 8 and sold it to me after upgrading to 8.1. I would like for all of my clicks on the Start menu to return me to the Start menu, and not leave me on the Desktop. I recently abandoned StarDock's Start8, which may be causing the problem.

    Thanks, Randy

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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Hi. I am running win 8.1. I bought my laptop with 8.1 installed, but I suspect that Dell took my win 8 and sold it to me after upgrading to 8.1.
    hi ,you should re-read this part of you post ,because im sure there is a typo in it .as it makes no sense to me .
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Win 8.1 over Win 8

    Ignore first part of my message!


    Sorry, I am a newbie (as of this morning). Please ignore the first part of my message and address the following:

    I would like for all of my clicks on the Start menu to return me to the Start menu, and not leave me on the Desktop. I recently abandoned StarDock's Start8, which may be causing the problem.

    Thanks, Randy
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Nov 2014 at 09:58. Reason: removed broken link
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Right Click the Taskbar and select properties

    Under Taskbar tab, make sure show store apps on taskbar is unselected
    Under Navigation tab make sure that when I sign on or close an app go to the desktop instead of start is also unselected

    Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8

    this will return to the start screen when closing apps (only works for modern style apps, desktop ones will still leave you on the desktop)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Win 8.1 over Win 8

    Thank you, Paul!


    That solved my problems. I have many "legacy apps". Randy
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  6. #6


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Glad to hear it worked
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