Quick Tip - Logging in straight to the Desktop in Windows 8

Quick Tip – Logging in straight to the Desktop in Windows 8

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!

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  • 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

    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.