Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Tip: Enable Tablet Mode

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 is the first pre-release version of Microsoft’s next OS to enable a feature called Continuum, which provides a sort-of seamless way to transition between the traditional windowed desktop view and a full-screen tablet mode. But Continuum only works with Surface Pro 3 in this build. So here’s how you can enable tablet mode on any PC or tablet running WTP2.

The trick is to use a Quick Action in the new Action Center, the notification center in Windows 10. Based on a similar feature in Windows Phone, Quick Actions are small tiles that sit in Action Center, providing you with quick access to commonly-needed features.

You enable Action Center by clicking the Action Center icon in the tray notification area. Or, on a touch-based system, you can swipe in from the right edge of the screen. (In Windows 8.x, this gesture displays Charms.)

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In Windows Phone, Quick Action tiles can be found at the top of Action Center. But in Windows 10, they’re at the bottom.

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Tablet Mode is one of the four default Quick Actions. So to enter—or exit—tablet mode, just select that Quick Action tile in Action Center. The effect is a bit subtle. But it will cause the Start menu and all Modern apps to run full screen.

Here’s the desktop before enabling tablet mode.

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And here it is after enabling tablet mode.

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Note: You can also and more laboriously toggle tablet mode from the Settings app: Navigate to System and then Tablet Mode.

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Microsoft tells me that other detachable PCs will get Continuum in the future but that this feature requires PC makers to explicitly support it.