But Microsoft didn’t just restore the Start Menu, it created a new mode called “tablet mode” and that’s the secret to quickly and easily switching between a Start Menu and a Start Screen. Turns out that if you are running Windows on a tablet and your only input method is touch, that traditional start menu has pretty darn small touch areas for tasks. Hence the value of the bigger tiles. Anyway, let’s have a look…
Here’s a typical view with the Start Menu. Probably what you have on your screen every day:
The tiles on the screen are all good, but if you need to tap on one of those tiny apps in the All Apps column? Yikes.
Instead, tap or click on the Notifications icon (bottom right, the tiny ‘speech balloon’). That opens up the side and shows any recent notifications – helpful! – but it also offers a variety of options at the bottom too: