Quick Tip – Logging in straight to the Desktop in Windows 8 Posted in Microsoft by Robert Kegel Byron commented on my article “Windows 8 Tip – Getting the Start Menu back without an addon” that he uses a program “Skip Metro” to log directly into desktop. Well I wanted to see if were any other apps that do this so I Googled “logging directly into desktop on Windows 8” and I found something interesting. If when logging in instead of pressing enter you hold enter down it will boot directly into Windows Desktop without the need for a separate program. So there you go, without having to download anything you can have a simple desktop button and log directly into Desktop. Have fun and let us know if that works for you! Tags:Desktop,log in,login,Start Menu,Windows 8,Windows 8 Shortcuts,Windows 8 Tips Related Posts Windows Server 2012: Understanding the Different Editions Available Microsoft Exchange 2013 is Here, What You Need to Know About Author George Nice tip but it isn’t how you described it. Actually it still directly goes to bloody start screen when enter key is pressed-on, in the sense it doesn’t skip it. What happens next is that the first app/tile on the top-right corner gets launched immediately. So apparently it will launch anything from Store, Mail, Photos to Weather, News, Games etc. As long as that app-tile is the first one in start-screen, specifically the top-right corner app-slot. George All “Right” =“Left” in above comment. 🙂 HellcatM The thing is my desktop app is on the lower left hand corner not upper and desktop still loads when I hold enter. HellcatM Ok you’re right. I never did it from a reboot (sense I don’t reboot much), if you login from sleep mode and hold enter it goes straight to desktop no matter what. Strange. I put desktop as the first app on the list. thank you for picking that up George. George oops! Replace all “Right” with “Left” in above comment Brad Wright I tried this three times, and all three times the computer launched directly into mail. (Mail is the upper left most tile on the start page.) I still say nothing beats Classic Start from SourceForge. You can boot directly to the desktop (including a start menu, or you can have it delay on the Page Formerly Known as Metro for a moment before switching to the desktop. If you’re on the desktop, placing your curser in the extreme lower left corner pops up a small shortcut for Metro (it actually removes the desktop tile from Metro), and if you’re in Metro, doing so pops up a small shortcut for the desktop.