If you're interested in getting to the desktop and a Start Menu-like interface for Windows 8 without having to mess with third-party apps and modifications, one thing you can try straight away is keyboard shortcuts. Win+D switches the view from the Windows 8 Start Page to a more classic desktop view, which users can then populate with shortcuts, folders, and files. To access system tools and other features once found via the Start Menu, type Win+X to bring up a small menu that allows access the control panel, file explorer, command prompt, and other back-end system tools.
And of course, the Desktop tile is but one click on the Start screen. Just drag it off to a convenient part of the Start page, click, and off you go. These simple interface habits might be enough for some users. If that still doesn't satisfy you, then there are a bunch of third party programs that aim to restore some Start Menu-like functionality to Windows 8. Read on to discover some of our favorites!