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Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?

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The desktop tile by design shows the desktop background. Changing this is not an option in Windows 8 and would require changes to the actual tile manifest. The following question might help you, but at the time an answer has not been found:

Windows 8 “Desktop” Application

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Hmm interesting, so it seems some could make a screensaver that, when in the modern ui shows the desktop. –  George Duckett Oct 25 '12 at 19:08
    
Looks more like the desktop's background to me, not the screensaver. –  Tanner Oct 25 '12 at 20:06
    
You're right, I mixed up the words. I did mean desktop background - sorry! –  Caleb Jares Oct 25 '12 at 20:16
    
Ok, that makes more sense. All we need to do then is get something that saves the wallpaper and sets it to a screenshot when we go to the Modern UI, then restores the wallpaper when we go back to the desktop! :/ –  George Duckett Oct 25 '12 at 21:25
    
@GeorgeDuckett: Or maybe an app which can take regular screenshots of the desktop and display on its live tile? (Would this sort of operation even be allowed though? If so, I'm sure we'll see an app along those lines sooner or later.) –  Karan Oct 25 '12 at 22:28

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