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How to return to the "normal" desktop and get rid of tiles! RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I update to windows 10 last week and I LOVE it!  But Today it randomly switched from the normal windows desktops to a tiles home screen.  I have windows 8 and there was always a "Display" tile to bring me back.  Does anyone have an idea about how to get back to the screen?  The tiles are not nice when I am used to my normal desktop at work.

    HELP!

    

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:23 PM

Answers

  • Hi mgils,

    Base on my knowledge, it seems that you are using tablet mode in windows 10.

    You can refer to the following steps to turn off this mode and check if any helps:

    • Click or tap the Start button
    • Open the Settings application
    • Click or tap on "System"
    • In the pane on the left of the screen scroll all the way to the bottom until you see "Tablet Mode"
    • Ensure the toggle is set to off to your preference.

    Best regards,


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Niko Cheng
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:28 AM

All replies

  • Hi mgils,

    Base on my knowledge, it seems that you are using tablet mode in windows 10.

    You can refer to the following steps to turn off this mode and check if any helps:

    • Click or tap the Start button
    • Open the Settings application
    • Click or tap on "System"
    • In the pane on the left of the screen scroll all the way to the bottom until you see "Tablet Mode"
    • Ensure the toggle is set to off to your preference.

    Best regards,


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Niko Cheng
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:28 AM
  • THANK YOU!!!!!  You just saved my sanity today!!  LOL!!!
    Thursday, June 8, 2017 2:44 PM
  • Thanks. I thought I'd returned to that horrible Windows 8 desktop.  Whew!
    Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:28 PM
  • Mine are off and I am still stuck in the tile screen. I need my desktop back. I don't even know how this happened and why it is so hard. I did not change anything. It was just like that when I came off a game. I have restarted and it is still the same. Did something maybe update auto? Help?
    Sunday, July 9, 2017 1:37 AM
  • me too! not in tablet mode, turned that off, stupid tiles are still there! YUCK!!!!!!
    Monday, July 10, 2017 2:16 PM
  • This was pissing me off too. Googled and saw this on a blog

    To turn this off, click the notifications icon by the clock (square box with lines in it) then click the tablet mode button. Voila!

    Worked for me:) Doing the happy dance!

    • Proposed as answer by Sashhh Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:54 PM
    Monday, July 10, 2017 4:50 PM
  • YES THANK YOU
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:54 PM
  • THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:43 PM
  • Ha, worked. That was driving me crazy. Why, when people in this industry are always trying to make things easier, do they do something like this? I don't get it!

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:41 AM
  • MY GOODNESS YOU HAVE SAVED ME FROM THROWING THIS THING ACROSS THE DAMN ROOM,,, thank you for making me at peace with my tablet thing
    Friday, August 11, 2017 8:05 AM
  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:29 PM
  • This was pissing me off too. Googled and saw this on a blog

    To turn this off, click the notifications icon by the clock (square box with lines in it) then click the tablet mode button. Voila!

    Worked for me:) Doing the happy dance!


    YAY! WORKS! Thank You! I Don't know how got to "tablet" mode, but sure don't like it or the "tiling" B.S. C'mon Microsoft, this AIN'T brain surgery!!! I should NOT have to feel like I need one using your product !
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:45 AM
  • Genius. . . Sometimes its a simple solution.  Thanks
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:11 PM
  • Why is this thread in a Windows 7 forum?

    Are Windows 10 users illiterate?

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:52 PM
  • Omg!! Thank you!! My windows10 updated by itself earlier today and it went straight to a black screen when I turned it on -- plugged in my charger and it went to the starting screen, updated and I couldn't figure out why it was on the tile screen I've read many websites telling me to get off of tablet mode but it wouldn't do anything! Anyways THANK YOUUU!!! (:
    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:41 PM
  • THank you !!!! I am doing the happy dance too-- this is my dad's computer & those tiles were up & didn't know how he got them but I couldn't get rid of them !!  I had gone in settings & turned off the tablet mode - but didn't know about the  one in the notification icon!! you get e big star for the day !!!!!
    Monday, September 4, 2017 7:39 PM
  • If you are using Windows 10 why are you posting in a Windows 7 forum??

    Windows 10 forums are found @ Windows IT Pro Forums

    Monday, September 4, 2017 9:44 PM
  • IM stuck in the tile screen. I need my desktop back  my pc removing all the display like recycle bin etc. I do not what happen I need a help 
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 6:14 PM
  • Thank you :) this solution worked for me too. Thank you a  bunch.
    Friday, October 13, 2017 2:56 PM
  • Thank you. Your answer worked. Can not do happy dance just had hip replaced last month and doctor said NO HAPPY DANCE.
    Monday, November 6, 2017 4:48 PM
  • Worked out pretty good for me too...Thanks man :-)
    Monday, November 6, 2017 8:34 PM
  • Absolutely worked!
    • Edited by RoyS-33936 Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:50 PM 10 points
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:48 PM
  • I have to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I was seriously going to cry because something this simple should not be this hard to figure out! Nor Should Microsoft have things automatically change when they force an update! My goodness that wasted countless mins of my time!
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:18 PM
  • You are a Hero. Thumbs Up for you.
    Saturday, November 11, 2017 3:32 PM
  • Thank you. This was it.
    Monday, November 13, 2017 12:44 AM
  • Great, it worked.

    Thanks a lot

    Saturday, December 2, 2017 5:11 PM
  • Thank you!!!  This worked!  (I so dislike Windows 10).
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:02 PM
  • You are a life saver I had tried everything else and this worked a treat!!! Now I'm doing my happy dance!

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:42 AM
  • Thank you kindly for the very helpful input.  My desktop suddenly disappeared & it was replaced with these tiles.  I would never have resolved this issue without you sharing your knowledge. You have been a great help. Thank you once again. 

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 10:41 AM
  • EXACTLY what I needed, thought MS was becoming NAZI trying to force tiles.....WHEW!!!
    Wednesday, December 27, 2017 2:39 AM
  • you. are. awesome. 

    Best answer on the whole internet.

    Thank you!!!!!

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 5:00 PM
  • This^^^^^^^ worked!!!!!  Thank you!
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:44 PM
  • it works
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 8:15 PM
  • OMG! Thank you...it really pissed me off!

    Friday, January 26, 2018 9:45 AM
  • THANK YOU.
    Monday, January 29, 2018 8:58 PM
  • There is a VERY easy fix that takes 10 minutes and will COMPLETELY fix your problem! Simply install a small program called "Classic Shell." http://www.classicshell.net/downloads/

    It brings back the normal Windows 7/8 desktop without the useless and aggravating cellphone-tiles of 10. (Little suggestion Windows? Touchscreen computers are garbage and phones cannot run Windows 10. ENOUGH with the tiles.)

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:30 AM
  • Thanks Sashh... this Toggle helped me and saved lot of headache... 
    Friday, February 2, 2018 4:43 PM
  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ......... was about to start throwing things : ) 
    Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:55 AM
  • THANK YOU!! made an account just so I could reply to to this, My sanity is restored!


    • Edited by Cammyj Monday, February 12, 2018 2:24 AM
    Monday, February 12, 2018 2:23 AM
  • Thank you!!!  It was driving me crazy, I had no idea how to take off the tablet mode, until I came across your post. So happy it is finally off :)
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:02 AM
  • Thank you so much!!! Have been going crazy trying to figure this out. 😀
    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:49 AM
  • Thanks bro, I was lost as well lol. I've been stuck on windows 7 for so long. :-)
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018 1:12 AM
  • Your answer rocked. Thanks

    Sunday, March 4, 2018 2:38 PM
  • Thank you. My kid 2.5 year old turned Tablet mode On in 30 seconds. It took to 2 hours to try and finally come to this post to figure it out. 
    Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:46 PM
  • THIS WORKED! Thank you for providing the solution!!:>)
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:23 AM
  • THANKS!! This worked for me!
    Friday, March 9, 2018 2:03 AM
  • You are the BOMB!! That was driving me crazy! Thank you.
    Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:03 AM
  • it worked for me thank you
    Monday, March 19, 2018 7:35 PM
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Saved! That worked perfectly!
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:29 AM
  • THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 10:13 PM
  • thank you a thousand times over!!!!!!
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:40 PM
  • A SIMPLIFIED SOLUTION...  Now, I can move on with life!  Thank You!!!
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:52 AM
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! THIS HAS MADE MY LIFE SO MUCH BETTER
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 4:02 AM
  • OMG..can't believe this..it worked..my normal desktop is there...yipee..THANK YOU MUCH..You are awesome..

    Sunday, August 19, 2018 12:12 PM
  • Thank you, my tablet mode was off and still had that mess stuck on my desktop, tried what you said and worked... god it feels good to have my old desktop back, thanks
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:40 PM
  • This way worked for me. Windows 10 is my nightmare right now. On to the next issue I’m having...
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 11:07 PM
  • Thanks! helped a lot!

    Friday, December 28, 2018 5:28 PM
  • Woww awesome..thanks for that
    Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:31 AM
  • Hero
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:32 PM
  • Thank you! Even a year and a half later, your comment in this thread is saving lives.
    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 9:04 PM
  • i did that but it still dosen't work

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:08 PM
  • This was pissing me off too. Googled and saw this on a blog

    To turn this off, click the notifications icon by the clock (square box with lines in it) then click the tablet mode button. Voila!

    Dude I created this login just to thank you and upvote you lol appreciate you!

    Worked for me:) Doing the happy dance!


    Monday, June 10, 2019 2:43 AM
  • Even though this is from 2 yrs ago this still worked! Thank you. I totally forgot that was even there.
    Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:57 PM
  • It worked!!!! Yeyyyy Thank you thank you!!
    Friday, August 16, 2019 3:22 PM
  • Thank you this work.
    Thursday, August 29, 2019 6:23 PM
  • Omg thank you so much! I can't stand the tiles!!! 
    Tuesday, September 3, 2019 8:30 PM
  • Thanks, it worked for me.
    Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:18 PM
  • Thank You, IT worked for me also.. this was quick one.
    Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:24 PM
  • THANK YOU!!!!
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:44 PM
  • Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, kind internet stranger. I was getting ready for mental breakdown mode over the ugly, inconvenient start tiles (no, Windows 10, I do NOT want gardenscapes or any of the other games you advertised to me on my own freaking homescreen) but then I saw your reply to this other confused internet stranger and I finally got rid of these hideous, nasty tiles. I know your reply is from two years ago but you, internet stranger, were my saving grace. Again, thank you very much and I hope that one day you might see this reply.

    My most sincerely grateful regards,

    some not very tech-savvy kid on the internet.

    Monday, October 7, 2019 9:28 PM