It’s all about choices. Using Tablet mode in Windows 10 can make it easier to browse the web, and as you can see, it can also free up room on your screen. And using the swipe option offers an easy-to-navigate user experience—if that’s what you’re looking for. With its slightly larger (hence, easy-to-read) icons, popup keyboard, and easy-to-use navigation button, Tablet mode is well-suited to touch control.  But it isn’t just for touchscreen devices. In Tablet mode, apps open full screen, giving you more space to work and read books. And because it features a simpler user interface, it’s a good fit for those who are still new to computers.

In this article, we will go over how to enter and exit Tablet mode followed by an overview of the information needed to navigate it.

Enable Tablet mode

With touchscreen devices, Tablet mode can be activated by putting the machine in its tablet position (depending on your device, this might be removing the keyboard or folding the laptop backward), at which point you’ll see a prompt asking if you’d like to switch to Tablet mode.

Tablet-Mode-Permissions

If you want to use Tablet mode on your desktop device, type Tablet mode settings into Windows search and open settings.

Before selecting what mode you want your device to start up in, consider how often you plan on using it in Tablet mode. 

By opening the menu you’ll have the option of selecting Don’t ask me and don’t switch, Always ask me before switching, or Don’t ask me and always switch.

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If you select the default Always ask me before switching, your device will always ask if you want to switch to Tablet mode before doing so. 

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If you select the Don’t ask me and always switch, it will choose this option without prompting you in the future. 

If you never want to enter Tablet mode, select Don’t ask me and don’t switch. By doing so, you’ll no longer be able to physically trigger Tablet mode.

Note: If you are on a desktop computer and you opt to Use Tablet mode when you sign in, you will need to sign out and sign back in for Tablet mode to take effect.

To enter and exit Tablet mode using options in Windows 10, locate the Notification Center in the bottom right-hand-corner of your machine on the taskbar. 

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Open the Notification Center and select Tablet mode.

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Once in Tablet mode you’ll notice some default icons: these are known as Tiles. Those that are dynamic are known as Live Tiles.

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Hover over the icon in the upper-left-hand-corner to see its label (Expand).

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Below it you’ll see the labels of the icons below Start: Pinned tiles and All apps

Select All apps to display all the Programs and Applications currently installed on your computer. Looking for a specific program that you’ve installed but can’t find? This would be the place to look. 

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Return to Start to see more options, such as the user’s name, which allows you to Change account settings, Lock, and Sign out.

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Because Tablet mode relies so heavily on touch, it’s best to have some familiarity with how to use touch with Windows. 

Once you open Tablet mode try the following: 

  • Swipe in from the right side of your screen to open action center.

  • Swipe in from the left to view all your open apps in task view.

Use two apps at the same time
To use two apps side by side in Tablet mode task view, tab and hold an open app and select Snap left or Snap right. You'll see where it'll snap, and you'll see any open apps next to it.

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Tablet-Mode-Side-by-Side-Apps

It’s all about choices. Using Tablet mode in Windows 10 can make it easier to browse the web, and as you can see, it can also free up room on your screen.  And using the swipe option offers an easy-to-navigate user experience—if that’s what you’re looking for.