The Windows 8 desktop operates the same as previous versions of Windows. However, desktop and tablet-style apps work in a mixed environment, and although each tablet-style app is a separate entity, the desktop is sometimes treated as a single entity no matter how many apps are open on it. Switching Between Desktop Apps There are several ways to switch between apps on the desktop and between desktop and tablet-style apps (for details, see Win8 Switch apps). Launching the Desktop To retrieve the desktop, do the following: Keyboard (see Windows key) Press Windows-D. or Press Windows-Tab to cycle to desktop icon. Mouse If no apps are running, point to upper left or lower left corner of screen and click. or If apps are running, point to upper left corner of screen, and move mouse down edge and click desktop icon. Touch From left edge of screen, swipe right until desktop appears.