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How To Use Continuum In Windows 10 to Switch Between Desktop and Tablet Mode Automatically


Did you know that it is possible to switch your desktop to tablet mode. This is one of the latest advents prompted by Windows 10. As long as your desktop has a touch-screen feature and it operates under Windows 10 OS, then you can simply switch from desktop to tablet mode, and vise versa. Any person can admit that this is indeed a feature of convenience among users.

Windows-10-ContinuumSo, what is Continuum? This is basically a feature that is designed to automatically detect the installation and removal of new hardware in a computer. With the detection feature, the computer is able to prompt the user to switch to or out of tablet mode automatically. You must agree that this is indeed a great way of operation among computer users.

However, it should be noted that even desktop computers that do not have the touch-screen feature can also use continuum. Windows will automatically detect that your computer does not have the touch-screen feature, hence presenting you with the regular mouse and keyboard interface.

For hybrid devices, continuum is able to detect if a keyboard has been connected or not. If the keyboard is not present, then you will be presented with a touchscreen laptop interface to facilitate easy operation.

Here are steps to follow in order to activate the automatic feature for switching from desktop to tablet mode:

#Step 1:

Go to the start menu of your computer and click on settings. Once you have gotten a display of all settings, you should trace ‘system’. It is under the ‘System’ option that you will find the tablet mode feature.

#Step 2

In this section, you will find a point where you can manually activate the tablet mode. If you wish to do so, simply move the button at the bottom part of the menu to ‘ON’. Having done that, your computer will be in the tablet mode. However, you still need to activate the automatic-switching feature.

#Step 3

Still in the same tablet mode menu, you will find a sub-menu that gives you 3 options on how you would want the mode to be activated often. To be precise, the prompts appear as follows:

  • Never prompt me and always remain in the current mode-
  • Always prompt me to confirm
  • Never prompt me and always switch mode

#Step 4

Go for option 3 if you wish to be switching your computer to tablet mode automatically. With this you will not have to involve yourself in moving from one mode to another.

The first prompt means that you wish to completely switch off the continuum feature. In the second feature, you will always get a pop-up prompt for you to grant permission to switch from desktop to tablet mode. There are cases where option 2 may work better for some people. Other cases may render option 3 better.


Both desktop and tablet modes for your computer are important. This is because your computer is made versatile and more useful.

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