Getting Started with the Desktop

Familiarize yourself with the Windows 8 desktop so you can navigate with File Explorer, pin apps, manage open windows, and more.

Taskbar features

The taskbar includes several features that make it easier to view and manage desktop apps.

To show the Desktop:

If you want to see the desktop, you can click the lower-right corner of the screen to minimize all open windows.

  1. Move the mouse to the bottom-right corner of the screen and click.

    Screenshot of Windows 8Minimizing all open windows
  2. All open windows will be minimized, and the desktop will appear.

    Screenshot of Windows 8The Desktop with all open windows minimized
  3. Click the bottom-right corner again to restore the minimized windows.

To access a Jump List:

A Jump List is like a mini-menu that you can open from the taskbar. It allows for quick access to recent files, frequently viewed items, performance tasks, and more. For example, you might open frequently used websites with just a few clicks from the Internet Explorer Jump List.