Had a call from a client the other day.  They had finished a Windows 10 update and instead of their normal screen that was setup to look like Wndows 7 courtesy of Classic Shell.  The grid screen with icons showed up.


After a few minutes of thinking it through, I recall this client has a laptop with a touchscreen.  For whatever reason, the Windows 10 update decided that the laptop was a tablet and put it into tablet mode.

If you have never used your device in tablet mode this might be confusing. Like my client, if you want to never use the device in tablet mode, you will want a way to turn this off.

To access options and to turn off tablet mode follow the following steps.

To switch between desktop and tablet mode manually.

  • On the lower right of the screen select the action center icon. It will be located to the right of the time and date.
  • Click the tablet mode button to switch between the two modes. The screen below shows it turned off.


To change tablet mode options.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button. It looks like a gear just above the power button icon.
  3. Click System.
  4. Click Tablet mode

The following screen will appear.

Click the switch highlighted in green to off to turn off tablet mode (if it is still on).

Change the following options.

“When I sign in” change to “Use Desktop Mode”

“When this device automatically switches tablet mode on or off”  change to “Always ask me before switching”