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Windows 8 Desktop Mode – Can I Switch Back To Tiles?

Monday, December 29th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Windows 8

Terry from Folsom, LA writes:

I read your tip giving the steps to be able to view Win. 7 format with toolbar while browsing from the desktop in Win. 8.  If I don’t like it can I reverse the process and get back to Win. 8 format?  Thank you.

Terry, I’m not sure if you’re talking about viewing Windows 8 in traditional desktop mode or about viewing Internet Explorer in the desktop mode as opposed to using the touch-friendly app version.

But in both cases, your choice is not permanent. You can use the desktop mode with the traditional taskbar  by tapping the Desktop tile.

You’ll then have a more traditional desktop interface.


If you wish to return to Modern/Metro mode, just press the Windows key + D.

 If you upgrade to 8.1, you can have to computer boot to the desktop with a few changes. If you add the 8.1.1 update, it should detect whether you are using a keyboard and mouse setup or a tablet and go to the interface that works best for that automatically. In all of these cases, you can customize to book to the interface you prefer. And it’s simple to switch back and forth between desktop and Metro/Modern mode.

 If you are talking about the two versions of Internet Explorer , you also have choices. If you  access Internet Explorer from the desktop, you’ll open the desktop version with the address bar at the top.

If you open IE from the Metro/Modern screen, you’ll see the app version. The address bar is hidden, unless out tap it and the controls are optimized for touch.

The other possibility is that you are referring to downloading the Classic Shell app and changing the appearance of 8 to be more similar to 7. This, too is reversible by uninstalling Classic Shell.


You will need to uninstall Classic Shell before upgrading to Windows 8.1.

Hope this helps. If you have more questions about 8.1 – check out WorldStart’s Guide to Windows 8.1. This great guide is packed with tips and tricks at an unbeatable price.

~ Cynthia

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