Microsoft Streamlines Desktop Even Further In Windows 8.1 RTM

When it comes to Windows 8.1, Microsoft started taking into account user feedback early on during the development of its new operating system. And the process continues to this day, even though the OS is just around the corner.

Back in June, however, we got our first look at a new feature in Windows 8.1 that allowed users to boot directly to the desktop. Now it appears Redmond has refined it even further.

This new improvement now allows users to go back to the desktop when they close all apps on the screen. Obviously, the option of going to the desktop is still available when a user signs into Windows 8.1, but this is just streamlining the feature a tad more.

Those of you that have installed the RTM version of Windows 8.1 can enable this option by right clicking the Taskbar, selecting ‘Properties’ and hitting the ‘Navigation’ tab.

In the ‘Start screen’ section there should be an option that says:

“When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.

Simply select that and let the good times roll!

Microsoft has not actually announced this new feature, but since this is surely something that improves the desktop side of Windows 8.1, there is a fair chance that the software titan will talk about this during the launch event of the new operating system.

October 18 is the date when the launch event will take place, though Windows 8 users will be able to download this free upgrade a day earlier.

  • Mike Greenway