Boot straight to the desktop in Windows 8.1

Do you want your Windows computer or tablet to go directly to the desktop instead of the Start screen? In Windows 8.1, here’s how to do it.


When you’re in the desktop, right click on the taskbar.


In the menu that pops up, left-click on properties.


Click on the Navigation tab at the top.


The fourth option down should read, “When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”. Click the check box next to this option.


Then just click apply, and the next time you boot up, you will end up at the desktop instead of the Start screen.


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
SmartCompany Plus

Sign in

To connect a sign in method the email must match the one on your SmartCompany Plus account.
Or use your email
Forgot your password?

Want some assistance?

Contact us on: or call the hotline: +61 (03) 8623 9900.