Enable Start Screen in Windows 10

This post will show you how to enable the Start Screen in Windows 10 should you wish to. You may want to do it if you are using a touch mobile device. To do this you will have to enable the Tablet Mode. The earlier builds of Windows 10 let you enable Start Screen via Taskbar Properties, but things have changed now, as that option appears to have been removed. Let us see how to enable & boot directly to the Start Screen in Windows 10.

Enable Start Screen in Windows 10

When Windows 8 used to boot to Start Menu, people wanted to boot directly to the Desktop. Now when Windows 10 boots to desktop, there are some who want to boot to the Start Screen directly.

To enable Windows 10 Start Screen, you will have to enable Tablet Mode in Windows 10. To enable Widows 10 Tablet Mode, click on the Notifications icon in the taskbar. You will see the Notifications panel open.


Click on Tablet mode. The Start Screen will be enabled. The Continuum feature allows Windows 10 to switch between the Desktop and Tablet mode seamlessly. To see the Start Screen, click on Winkey or on your Start Button.


Your active application will go full-screen, and the Start Screen will be enabled. You will see a change in the taskbar. Open apps will no longer rest on the taskbar. You will see only a Back button, a Search icon and the Task View button.

Task View is a new desktop feature in Windows 10 that allows users to create multiple desktops on the same Windows PC. It also allows for quick switching between open files and apps.

To launch new apps and desktop software you will have to do so via the Start Screen.

To see the open apps, you will have to click on the Task View button, or cycle through them using Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut.


You will notice that the Windows 10 Start Screen now scrolls vertically. You will also see a 3-lined Hamburger menu. Clicking on it will open the ‘left side of the panel’ which was present on the Start Menu. This includes Most used, Recently opened and Other links.


Enable Start Screen without enabling Tablet Mode

If wish to enable Start Screen without enabling the Tablet Mode, then the best option for you would be to enable full-screen Start. There seems to be no option to have the Start Screen in the Desktop mode, like we had in Windows 8.1.


Enjoy Windows 10!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Toni Johnson Kohler

    I installed Windows 10 last weekend. Since then, my start screen, my calendar, my volume button and my search bar have stopped working. My Network access icon has also stopped working. I have tried most of the above fixes and so far nothing has worked. Any suggestions?

  2. Haruki Chou

    What should I do?
    I want my Windows 10 to work like Windows 7, as much as possible.
    I want my Windows 10 to work like Windows 7, as much as possible.
    I want my Windows 10 to work like Windows 7, as much as possible.
    What should I do?

  3. Haruki Chou

    Very confusing article. Not clear at all.
    You should first explain what is the Start Screen, what is the Tablet Mode.
    And why we should enable it, or not enable it?

    On my desktop, I want Windows 10 to work like Windows 7, as much as possible.
    What should I do?

  4. All mentioned in the post. Pls read the article and visit the links mentioned. eg: https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-activate-and-use-tablet-mode-in-windows-10

  5. Dionasia Gardner

    i agree

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