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How do I Get Back My Lost Desktop Tile in Windows 8?

If you’re thinking “Help, I lost my Windows 8 desktop tile. How do I get it back?” then you’ve come to the right place. The desktop tile in Windows 8 doesn’t remove itself, but if you (or someone else with access to your computer) accidentally or otherwise removes it, it won’t be visible. Fortunately, it’s built-in and can’t be removed permanently. Let’s go get it back.

Right-click anywhere in the Metro interface. A menu bar appears at the bottom of the screen. Click the All apps button at the bottom right corner.

Windows 8 Desktop Tile Lost and Found

From the All Apps menu right click the Desktop tile and then click the Pin to Start button at the bottom left of the screen.

Pin Metro Apps to Start Menu page

Your Desktop tile will be back in the Metro Start Screen. Although, it will probably be on the very far-right so you may need to move it somewhere more convenient.

desktop tile on metro start menu windows 8

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One Response to How do I Get Back My Lost Desktop Tile in Windows 8?

  1. Bahram May 17, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I have put my windows 8 machine on the domain as an administrator and all the default apps tiles have disappeared. they are not listed in the All apps list.
    Any ideas?

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