Here’s how you can get Windows 10 to play nice with your convertible or 2-in-1 machine.
You’ve got a Windows 10 laptop that can convert into a tablet or a tablet that can function as a laptop with help from an external keyboard. Cool — but how can you best tweak and use your device to take advantage of Windows 10? The OS does offer a few features and options that can help you work better in both laptop mode and tablet mode. You can set the device to automatically switch from the Start menu to the Start screen or vice versa. You can manually make those changes yourself. And there are other ways to benefit from Windows 10 based on which mode you’re running. Let’s check out how to best use Windows 10 on your hybrid machine.
First, let’s go over the types of devices that qualify as hybrids, convertibles, or 2-in-1 machines. For our purposes, all those terms mean the same thing. The first entry is a laptop that can double as a tablet. These devices typically are outfitted with a lid that is foldable or a keyboard that is detachable. By folding the lid all the way back against the bottom or removing the keyboard, the device can act as a touchscreen tablet, just like a regular Windows 10 tablet. Some examples in this category include the Lenovo Yoga series, Dell’s Inspiron 2-in-1 series, and HP’s 2 in 1 and convertible laptops.
The second entry is a tablet that can perform as a laptop via an attachable keyboard. Yes, most tablets can function as a laptop by connecting to a Bluetooth or attachable keyboard. But some tablets offer dedicated keyboards that turn them into laptops. Example in this category include Microsoft’s Surface tablets and Lenovo’s Miix series.
So you’ve got a convertible machine. What tricks can it perform in Windows 10? Assuming the device is in laptop mode, fold back the lid or remove the keyboard. You should see a message at the bottom of the screen asking if you want to switch to tablet mode. The default option is to Always ask me before switching. If you want to use tablet mode and you want Windows to prompt you each time, tap on Yes. If you don’t want to use tablet mode, tap on No. If you don’t want to see that message each time you fold back the lid or remove the keyboard, tap on the default setting and change it to Remember my response and don’t ask again and then tap on either Yes or No.