How Do I Open the Desktop in Windows 8?

One of the many things that has been redesigned in Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is the desktop. Find out how to open the desktop in Windows 8 with help from your friends at eHow Tech in this free video clip.

Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Dave Johnson. Editor of eHow's tech channel, and let's see how to get to the desktop in Windows 8. Now in older versions of Windows it was actually really easy. Just turn your computer on and there's the desktop. But in Windows 8 you start on the new start screen. And the modern apps in Windows 8 don't use the desktop at all. So the desktop isn't as obvious as it used to be. Well it's actually really easy to get to. Lets say you're starting somewhere here like Bing Travel which is one of the new full screen modern apps. Well all you need to do is take your mouse and move it to the right side of the screen up to the upper right or lower right corner and then move it up or down and you get this thing called the charms bar. Right in the middle of the charms bar is start, so click on it and then just find the desktop tile on the start screen. Click it and there you go. You've got your desktop. Now in Windows there's more than one way to do almost anything. So lets look at another way to get to the desktop. You could also go over to the left side, go to the upper left and move the mouse down and you get a list of all the apps that are currently running. The desktop is just an app in Windows 8. So you find it, click it, and there you are on the desktop. And last but not least I just want to point out that you might be using a touch devise like the Microsoft Circus tablet. If that's the case all you have to do is tap Desktop if you're on the start screen. Or if you're in a modern app you can just swipe in on the right side, find start and then tap desktop. It's that easy.

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