No doubt, Windows 8 has a great-looking Start screen with the Metro UI. It has rectangular tiles for different programs and apps. However, you will not find the traditional Start button or the desktop in Windows 8. Users who are used to the older versions of Windows that have the familiar Desktop look, sometimes get lost in the new design of Windows 8. There are more comfortable with locating programs from the traditional desktop and Start button of older Windows. Users often find it difficult to open Desktop in Windows 8 while they are working on other apps or programs that occupy the whole screen. They do not see any tile, button or link to open the desktop directly from such screens. In this article, I describe three different methods to quickly open Desktop in Windows 8 even when you are working on any other programs or apps which occupy the whole screen.
(1) The first method is the simplest one. Irrespective of which program or app you are running in Windows 8, simply press Windows key. This will make the Start screen appear, on which you can easily locate the Desktop tile. Now click this Desktop tile or tap it gently. You will see the familiar Desktop appearing on the screen.
(2) The second method is to press Windows + Tab keys together, and then to release the Tab key while holding the Windows key pressed down. This will open the Windows 8 Switcher on the left side of the screen in the form of a vertical bar. You may notice Desktop in the list of thumbnails here. Click it or tap it gently to open the desktop.
(3) The third method is to press Alt + Tab keys together, and then to release the Tab key while holding the Alt key pressed down. This will open a list of thumbnails in a horizontal format, including a thumbnail for desktop. Click it or tap it gently to open the desktop.
Thus, you can quickly open Desktop in Windows 8 irrespective of on which the screen or apps you are working currently.