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Tablet Mode in Windows 10- Tutorial

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Tablet Mode in Windows 10- Tutorial: A picture of a Windows 10 device in tablet mode.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10: Overview

            This lesson discusses using tablet mode in Windows 10. When Windows 10 is in tablet mode, many changes to Windows 10 automatically occur. Many of these changes impact the way you use Windows 10, while other changes affect the user interface and how applications behave.

            When you switch to tablet mode in Windows 10, the Start screen is automatically enabled. You cannot use the Start menu or desktop. In addition, all windows will open in “full screen” mode and cannot be resized in the way that normal desktop windows can. However, you can still use “app snapping” to place multiple windows side-by-side, if desired, and if your screen size is large enough. App snapping will be discussed in a separate lesson.

            The taskbar also changes in tablet mode in Windows 10. By default, it will no longer show app icons. However, as shown in the previous lesson, you can change that setting. Also, all app windows lose their “Back” button, which is replaced by a universal “Back” button that appears in the taskbar. The “Search” box is removed and replaced with an icon for the search feature.

            To switch between open windows when in tablet mode in Windows 10, you can click or tap the “Task View” button in the taskbar to display all open windows. Then tap or click the window you want to display within the listing of open app windows to display it in the full screen. Alternatively, you can press the keyboard shortcut of “Alt” + “Tab” to also switch between app windows, if you happen to have a keyboard attached. After switching from one app window to another, you can click the “Back” button in the taskbar to return to the previously displayed window.

            To close an app window, click or tap the “X” button, or “Close” button, that appears in the upper-right corner of the app window. Alternatively, you can click and drag, or swipe down, from the top of the app window to the bottom of the window to close a window. Another way to close a window is to click the “Task View” button, roll your mouse pointer over the app window to close, and then click the “X” button that appears in the upper-right corner above the app window.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10- Tutorial: A picture of a Windows 10 device in tablet mode.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10- Tutorial: A picture of a Windows 10 device in tablet mode.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10: Instructions

  1. In tablet mode in Windows 10, the Start screen is automatically enabled. You cannot use the Start menu or desktop.
  2. In addition, all windows will open in “full screen” mode and cannot be resized in the way that normal desktop windows can.
  3. You can still use “app snapping” to place multiple windows side-by-side, if desired and if your screen size is large enough.
  4. The taskbar changes in tablet mode in Windows 10 helpand, by default, will no longer show app icons. However, you can change that setting.
  5. All app windows lose their “Back” button, which is replaced by a universal “Back” button that appears in the taskbar.
  6. The “Search” box is removed and replaced with an icon for the search feature.
  7. To switch between open windows when in tablet mode in Windows 10, click or tap the “Task View” button in the taskbar to display all open windows.
  8. Then tap or click the window you want to display within the listing of open app windows to display it in the full screen.
  9. Alternatively, you can press the keyboard shortcut of “Alt” + “Tab” to also switch between app windows, if you happen to have a keyboard attached.
  10. After switching from one app window to another, you can click the “Back” button in the taskbar to return to the previously displayed window.
  11. To close an app window, click or tap the “X” button, or “Close” button, that appears in the upper-right corner of the app window.
  12. Alternatively, you can click and drag, or swipe down, from the top of the app window to the bottom of the window to close a window.
  13. Another way to close a window is to click the “Task View” button, roll your mouse pointer over the app window to close, and then click the “X” button that appears in the upper-right corner above the app window.

Tablet Mode in Windows 10: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Using Tablet Mode in Windows 10,” shows you how to use tablet mode in Windows 10. This video lesson is from our complete Windows 10 training, titled “Mastering Windows Made Easy v.10.”

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