A common complaint I hear about Windows 8 and 8.1 is the fact that the computer does not display the desktop at Start-up. Instead, it goes straight to the new Start Screen. Windows 8 saw the introduction of the start screen which automatically appeared once your computer has started up. This used to drive me nuts.
Thankfully you can customise Windows 8 and 8.1 so that it will display the desktop at Start-up instead. I’ve seen lots of articles address this issue, however, some of them take quite a complicated approach. I will show you how this feature has already been included in Windows 8. All you need to do is enable it.
To show the Desktop at Startup, follow these steps:
- Start your computer and allow the Start Screen to be displayed
- Click the Desktop tile to go to the Desktop
- Right mouse click on the Taskbar at the bottom of the window
- Select Properties
- The Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box will appear
- Click the Navigation tab
- Within the Start Screen area, tick the box for Show my desktop background on Start
- Click OK
- Restart your computer to test the option functions correctly
I hope this helps you to customise your computer and make day-to-day use a little easier. Some other great articles relating to customising your Windows operating system include: how to pin an application to the start menu, create a custom toolbar menu in Windows 10, how to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper, how to resize a photo to use as your Desktop Wallpaper, and customise the Windows 8.1 Start Screen.