How to enable Tablet mode on Windows 10

Here are all the different ways you can enable Tablet mode on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

Tablet mode (Continuum) on Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft introduces a long list of feature including Tablet mode, which is part of the Continuum experience. Tablet mode lets Windows move seamlessly from a traditional windowed environment to a full screen environment to make easier to navigate Windows 10 using touch.

Basically when using the Tablet mode the Desktop fades away and everything goes into full screen, apps will launch and stay completely expanded, you’ll see a new Start menu that covers the entire screen much like the Start screen in Windows 8.1.

Continuum is a feature that works automatically on 2-in-1 devices, such as Surface Pro 3 or the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. However, you can easily enable the feature if you’re more comfortable using that mode.

The easiest way to enable Tablet mode is by accessing the new Action Center (Windows key + A keyboard shortcut) from System Tray and clicking Tablet mode from the quick action tiles.

Tablet mode option on Action Center


How to enable Tablet mode via the Settings app on Windows 10

There is an alternative way to enable Continuum and it’s by using the settings app:

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

  2. Click System.

  3. Click Tablet mode.

  4. Turn on the Make Windows more touch-friendly when using your device as a tablet option.

    Tablet mode settings on Windows 10

In addition, on the Tablet mode settings page, you can configure to various aspect using Continuum. You can also tell Windows 10, which mode you want to use when signing into your account. Option available are: Automatically switch to tablet mode, Go to the desktop, and Remember what I used last.

Certain devices, such as Surface and other tablets have the ability to switch to Tablet mode automatically when a keyboard isn’t connected. However, the automated option may not be for everyone, as such you can also configure Windows 10 to switch automatically or ask before switching.

Finally, on the Tablet mode settings app, you can also enable or disable whether you like to see or hide the app icons on the taskbar while in tablet mode.