How to make Windows 10 desktop in "classic Windows view" ?

A new PC is arriving soon, my first in nearly a decade.  I want to immediately be able to change the tile-like Windows 10 interface/desktop back to the "classic" Windows icon desktop.  How will I do it?  

Thanks,

RB

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Hello,

My Name is Paul one of the Community Advisor and a Microsoft Consumer like you. Regarding the Classic View of the START Menu panel unfortunately Microsoft don't have the feature by default however there are lots of 3rd party applications that you can installed to your machine. Here's a link for you to be able to Manage your Start Menu using a 3rd Party Application.

Helpful links:

https://www.guidingtech.com/48459/classic-start...

https://www.howtogeek.com/277448/how-to-make-wi...

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/get-back-old-cla...


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Are you talking about the Desktop or the Start menu?

Here is my desk top;

and here is my Start menu;

Which do you want to change?

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Hello RBinPerson,

Please let me know the said feature above would you like to customize your WINDOWS 10 once it arrived.

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Desktop (top picture)

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RB

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Thanks... my computer is being "built" by HP and won't arrive for a month, but this may be helpful.  I will get back to you if I need to!

Raymond

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To make a picture as the background you go to Settings, Personalization, Background and set it for Picture and then put your picture there Either by Browse or by going to you picture and right clicking on it.

Also right click on the desktop, View, remove the check before Auto arrange icons.

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I guess I'm confused.  Doesn't Windows 10 normally look like big blocks of colors (what I call "tiles") that on some screens you're able to touch and activate, but other screens you use mouse/pad/pointer?  In the past, you could change the look of this type of "app" desktop to what was called "Classic View"--which is what Windows desktop used to look like before Windows 10... using icons, a "My Computer" icon in top left corner, a "Recycle Bin" icon, etc., whatever icons you wanted to make.  They all lived on the left side of the desktop in columns, leaving the vast space of the desktop to the right free.  I'm hearing that Windows 10 now doesn't give you that option to display "classic view" anymore, but that there are ways to do it anyway.

That's what I'm looking for.

Another person answered my question with some links to third party software.  Before I go that route, I just want to make sure that there really isn't a way to display the old classic view desktop when I first set up the computer.

Thanks,

Raymond

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To get all the icons in the upper left and down the left side check the Auto arrange icons
Some things like My Computer are shortcuts the you make by going into File Explorer and finding the program and right click on it and Send to, then pick desktop.

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When you get the new computer the desktop may already be set to the classic view.

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Hello Raymond,

Very much welcome and I value your time and have a great day. Be Safe.

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Okay, thanks... I may have to revisit these questions when I actually have the new computer in front of me!  I was just trying to get some notes to have on hand for when I boot that thing up for the first time.

RB

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