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The Windows key now brings up the Pokki window, which I like. I don't want to change the configuration for that.

However, sometimes albeit rarely, I want to see the Modern UI. Is there some secret key combination or hotspot to temporarily get the Windows 8 Modern UI to be visible without changing what the Windows button does?

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Yep, hovering over the right half of the screen does bring up the charms menu. So, at least using the mouse you can get back to the Modern UI from there... – Michael Goldshteyn Dec 10 '12 at 18:48
I don't use Pokki you can try this. Hover in the very bottom corner of the screen. If a charm menu appears the "Start Screen" icon should be visible. – Ramhound Dec 10 '12 at 18:53
Ahh great, a -1 for a perfectly legitimate question. – Michael Goldshteyn Dec 10 '12 at 20:34
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Try this:

  1. Press Windows Key+C to bring up the charms menu.
  2. Click the "Start" icon on the charms menu to get the Modern UI Start screen.
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Thank you! That does work and I've given your answer an up-vote for the time being. I can't believe that they've made it this difficult to access the Modern UI, though. I was hoping that there would be a single-key combination that could get me there, like the Windows key used to. – Michael Goldshteyn Dec 10 '12 at 18:45
Glad to help. ;) – b.pell Dec 10 '12 at 18:47
@MichaelGoldshteyn - actually they didn't make it that hard. You modified the default behavior because of a third-party program. You could normally get to it by pressing a single button. I mean you can't attack something for being "difficult" when the only reason its "difficult" is because you modified the default behavior of the operating system – Ramhound Dec 10 '12 at 18:48
@Ramhound, yes but as good as Pokki is, I'm surprised that there is no single Windows-??? key combination shortcut to get you back to the modern UI. – Michael Goldshteyn Dec 10 '12 at 18:49
@MichaelGoldshteyn - There is....Its the "Windows Key" but you changed the default behavior. Attempting to explain that your problem is with Pokki not Windows 8. – Ramhound Dec 10 '12 at 18:52

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