What happened to the Start icon on the desktop in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

I’ve installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and the Start icon in the bottom left corner of the desktop is missing.  Where did it go and how do I get back?

The desktop has been redesigned since the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

The Start button we’ve become familiar with has been moved from the taskbar to the charms.  The charms will appear by moving the mouse to the bottom-right or top-right corner of the screen, or by pressing the Windows Logo key + C, or by swiping from the right edge on a touch device.

Besides using the Start charm, there are several additional methods for returning to the Start screen: 

  1. Press the Windows Logo key on your keyboard or device.
  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the bottom left corner of the screen until a thumbnail of the Start screen appears.  Click on the thumbnail to return to the Start screen.
  3. Press Ctrl+Esc on your keyboard.


For more information on getting around Windows 8, please check out this article on the Windows Experience Blog.


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Last updated August 12, 2020 Views 21,576 Applies to: