Win8 DesktopThe Windows 8 desktop operates the same as previous versions of Windows. However, desktop and tablet-style apps work in a mixed environment, and although each tablet-style app is a separate entity, the desktop is sometimes treated as a single entity no matter how many apps are open on it.
Switching Between Desktop Apps
There are several ways to switch between apps on the desktop and between desktop and tablet-style apps (for details, see Win8 Switch apps).
Launching the Desktop
To retrieve the desktop, do the following:
Keyboard (see Windows key)
Press Windows-Tab to cycle to desktop icon.
If no apps are running, point to upper left or
lower left corner of screen and click.
If apps are running, point to upper left corner
of screen, and move mouse down edge and
click desktop icon.
From left edge of screen, swipe right until
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