How to activate and use Tablet Mode in Windows 10

The Tablet Mode in Windows 10 makes the operating system more suited for working on a tablet or touch device. It is the Continuum feature allows Windows 10 to switch between the Desktop and tablet mode seamlessly. Windows 10 when in the Tablet Mode, is optimized for use with for tablet and touch devices.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10

To activate the Tablet Mode, click on the Notification icon in the taskbar and select Tablet Mode. Windows 10 will instantly switch from the Desktop to Tablet Mode.


Once this happens, you will immediately notice a few things:

  1. Your active application will go full-screen.
  2. You will see a change in the Taskbar. Open apps will no longer rest on the taskbar.
  3. You will see only a Back button, a Search icon and the Task View button.
  4. To see the open apps, you will have to click on the Task View button, or cycle through them using Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut.
  5. You will notice that the Windows 10 Start Screen is now enabled.
  6. You can launch new apps and desktop software via the Start Screen.

To change the Tablet Mode settings, you will have to open the Settings app > System > Tablet Mode.


Here you will see the following settings:

  1. On or Off the Tablet mode: On a desktop computer, the default will be Off, whereas on a Tablet, it will be set to On.
  2. When I sign in: You can set your computer to – Immediately enter Tablet Mode, Take me to the desktop or Keep the mode I was in previously.
  3. When my devices wants to switch modes: You can select – Never prompt me and always stay in my current mode, Always prompt me to confirm or Never prompt me and always switch modes.
  4. Hide app icons on the taskbar when in Tablet Mode: You may noticed that Windows 10 hides the taskbar icons when in the Tablet Mode, but if you wish you can disable this setting. Otherwise you have to use Task View button to see the open icons.

Let us know how you like using the Tablet Mode in Windows 10, and if you feel it is awesome or lacks some place.

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  1. Douglas Valentine

    Now if only they would fix tablet mode not to display the useless taskbar and start button at the bottom of the screen making full screen application unusable (do any Windows tablets exist without a hardware start button for use in tablet mode?).

    To add insult to injury you cant even use the built in e-mail application in tablet mode as the accounts window does not fit on the screen if you have a normal 7″ or 8″ tablet with a 1280×800 screen.

    Plus who wants a taskbar to be displayed at the bottom of their presentation, slide show or Film.

    On the positive side it is really easy to toggle tablet mode on and off 🙂

  2. Ryan

    First comment got deleted..
    There’s a 3rd party app for auto-hiding the taskbar in tablet mode which also allows the taskbar to auto-appear in desktop mode. Free trial too. Just search for Nibbler Apps.

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