Here are the top 5 tweaks you can make to Windows 8.1 to make it feel more familiar

You can boot to your desktop in Windows 8.1 if you prefer that.

If you’re new to Windows 8.1 and look back fondly on older versions of Windows, there are five things you can do to make Windows 8.1 feel more familiar, including booting to the desktop where Office apps are located, writes Kirsten Ballweg on the Windows Experience Blog.

Other tips she shares include how to pin desktop apps to the taskbar, use the same background on your desktop as on Start, sign in faster with a picture password or a PIN and how to have Internet Explorer open on your desktop every time you click a link.

For booting to the desktop, go to the Start screen, type taskbar, and then choose Taskbar and Navigation from the search results list, Ballweg says. Then, in the dialog box that appears, choose the Navigation tab, and then check the box for When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start. Click OK to save your settings. Boom – that’s it!

You can easily pin desktop apps like Word or PowerPoint to the taskbar to get to them in one click. When you’re using an app while in the desktop, simply right-click (or press and hold) the app’s icon in the taskbar. Select Pin this program to taskbar and you’re done – it’s pinned, she writes.

To read Ballweg’s entire post and follow her walkthroughs for these easy tweaks to make Windows 8.1, head over to the Windows Experience Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff