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Switching to Tablet Mode and back
Get your computer going. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
You’re looking at the old-fashioned Windows desktop, right? (If you have a mouse and
Windows sensed it, you’re looking at the desktop. If your machine is only touch, you
may be in Tablet Mode already.)
Time to take a walk on the wild side. Let’s flip over to Tablet Mode. Click (or tap)
Start, Settings, System. On the left, pick Tablet Mode, and at the top, move the Tablet
Mode slider On.
Wait. Don’t panic.
See the funny icon in the upper-left corner, the one with three horizontal lines?
For the mathematicians in the crowd, it looks just like an equivalence sign. In the
computer world, that’s known as a hamburger icon (see the nearby sidebar). If you
want to get back the Start menu items temporarily, you have to push the
To get back to normal (I call it “desktop view” although it doesn’t really seem to have a
name), click or tap the hamburger icon, choose Settings, then (if you’re offered a
choice) System. On the left, choose Tablet Mode. On the right, slide the