A reader is having a big problem with the Windows 10 desktop:

“My friend has a laptop and somehow he got it stuck with live tiles on the desktop and wants his regular icons back. I’m sure its simple to fix but I can’t find it. Can you help please.”

You’re right. It is a simple fix and I’m glad to help. With a Windows 10 PC you have a choice between the Desktop Mode…

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… and the Tablet Mode.

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It sounds as if your friend has accidentally turned on Tablet Mode. Here’s how to fix it:

In the lower right corner of your Taskbar, click on the action center icon. When your action center opens, click on Tablet mode. It should switch back to the desktop.

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To make sure you stay in the Desktop mode, you can click on your Start Menu and choose Settings.

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Then select System.

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Choose Tablet mode.

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In the right pane, scroll down to Tablet mode and click the arrow for the drop-down menu under When I sign in.

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Select Use desktop mode. Make sure Always ask me before switching is selected.

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This should keep the desktop the way you like it.