INFO: Where is the Windows 8 Start Button?

Description: Windows 8 made many changes from previous versions. One of the most notable is the lack of a Start Button that many have been using for the past seventeen years.

To replace this, Microsoft has added in the Start Menu, also sometimes called the Tile Screen.

  1. To access the Start Menu, press the Windows Key (it looks like a flag).

  2. To access it from the desktop, move the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen and click. A miniature tile of the Start Menu will show. Click on this tile and it will open up on the screen.

  3. To return to the desktop, either tap the Windows Key again or click on the Desktop tile in the lower left.

  4. Some alternative utilities have been written that can be downloaded to mimic the Windows 7 style Start Button. One of these is Classic Shell (available for download at As with all third-party applications, it is important for the end user to understand them to be from a reliable source as well as any terms or conditions that may apply to a third party utility.

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