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Windows 10 Tablet mode

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No mouse? No problem. Just use Tablet mode on your Windows 10 PC. It optimizes your Windows for touch, so you don't need a mouse or keyboard. In Tablet mode, you can simply tap your desired items the way you do on a tablet or phone.

Note: Some Tablet mode features differ for laptops with touchscreens. Not all Windows 10 PCs are touchscreen-enabled. Available screens and settings may vary by software version and model.

Switch between modes

Windows 10 makes it easy to switch from tablet to desktop mode or vice versa.

Click the Action Center icon on the bottom right, and then click Tablet mode. Repeat these steps to revert back to Desktop mode.

Tablet mode turned on in the Action Center

Tablet mode interface

Tablet mode keeps the functionality and look of a Windows 10 PC, while also making it touch-friendly. Even if you don't have a touchscreen, you can still navigate using your mouse.

Below are the features of the Tablet mode going from top to bottom:

  • Start: Expands the minimized menu.

  • Pinned tiles: Any apps or programs pinned to the Start bar will be displayed as icons.

  • All apps: Displays a list of all available apps.

A Windows 10 computer in Tablet mode

Switch modes automatically

If you wish, you can make the switch to Tablet mode automatic. This can be useful, especially if you prefer one mode over the other. Or, you can even let Windows choose depending on your hardware.

From Settings, click System, and then click Tablet mode on the side bar. Adjust the following options:

Tablet mode options in Settings
  • When I sign in: Select from tablet mode, desktop mode, or use appropriate mode for my hardware.

  • When this device automatically switches tablet mode on or off: Select from Don't ask me and don't switch, Always ask me before switching, and Don't ask me and always switch.

  • Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode: Click the switch to turn on or off.

  • Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode: Click the switch to turn on or off.

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