Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 3, 2014
Booting directly to the Desktop in Windows 8.1

For those of you who still prefer to have your computer boot to your desktop, here are easy, step-by-step instructions to set it up.

One thought though, if I may. Although Microsoft has not told me this yet, I fully believe the Desktop option in a subsequent Windows version will go away. Having said that, next week I’ll show you how to set up your Start screen so it behaves similar to your comfortable former desktop.

First, let’s open the Taskbar and Navigation properties box. To do this, move your cursor into a blank area of the taskbar at the bottom of your desktop, right-click and then click “Properties.”

Near the top of the box, click the Navigation tab. Here you’ll notice options displayed where you can control the Charm bar. Farther down, under the Start Screen section, checkmark “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.” You can also checkmark “Show my desktop background on Start.” These steps enable your computer to go right to your desktop.

While we’re in the Taskbar and Navigation properties box, we can make open programs a little more visible in the taskbar. In the drop-down menu, next to “Taskbar buttons,” click the down-arrow and select “Never combine.” Now, there will be a separate box visible in the taskbar for each open program. This makes it much easier to identify and access open programs. Save your changes by clicking “OK” at the bottom of the box. Close any open windows and restart your computer to confirm your new choices.

For those of you who use USB flash drives to transfer data from one device to another, here’s a tip I found that made the process much faster when you need to transfer a large amount of data from one flash drive to another flash drive.

If you first copy the files from the originating flash drive to your computer and then you copy them from your computer to the destination flash drive, in most cases it can save you about half the time, rather than just transferring them directly from one flash drive to another flash drive.


Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 14 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at


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