Saturday, May 14, 2016

Windows 10 Desktop Tile missing

Windows 10 Desktop tile missing.  Cannot open Desktop, cannot find Windows 10 Desktop.  Windows 10 Desktop blank.

Discussion:
Starting with Microsoft patches and updates starting on or about 2016.04, the desktop tile appears to have been removed.

Opening Desktop:

1.  Pre-requisite:  The PC cannot be in Tablet Mode (in Tablet-mode, the desktop is disabled/hidden).  To turn off Tablet-mode (even if you have a tablet; little harm done):

a.  Start, Settings (gear icon), "System"
b.  On left-nav, select "Tablet Mode"
c.  Turn off Tablet-mode

This is safe to do, even if your PC is a tablet or convertable into a tablet.



2.  To open the Desktop, click the Start Menu once to activate the Start Menu tile screen.

3.  Click the Start Menu a second time to open the Desktop.  The Start Menu acts as a toggle.

Important note:  Opened or maximized applications will cover the Desktop wallpaper; minimize these applications to expose the desktop.


Restoring the Desktop Tile:

To my knowledge, there is not a way to restore the desktop tile.

Why the Desktop?
If you are going to the old-style Windows desktop to launch a program icon, move that icon to the Start Page by "other-mouse-clicking" the icon, and chose "Pin to Start".


Finding the Windows 10 Desktop Folder:

Using File Explorer, tunnel to C:\Users\YourAccountName\Desktop

This is not the actual desktop.  It is the folder tha holds all of your user-defined icons that live on the desktop.


Other Notes:
Likely, your Start Menu is set to occupy the entire screen (similar to Windows 8).
See Settings, Personalization, Start:  Use Full Screen Start Menu = "On"


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