6 Ways to Customise Windows 8 Start Screen

Got the all new Windows 8 for your computer or laptop? Let me share a few important customization techniques that will help you customize its Start screen to your delight. follow us to customise windows 8.

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1. Changing Background & Color

In order to change default color and background settings of Windows 8 Start screen, you will need to move your mouse towards the top or bottom left corners of your screen or you can do it simply by pressing System + C shortcut revealing the charms bar. Now click Settings and then click Change PC settings.

Click Personalize category, and with the Start Screen tab selected, you can choose the image for background and can change color scheme as well. Though you won’t be able to set custom background images or color schemes but you can choose from various options already available.

2. Resizing the Tiles

You must have noticed those larger tiles on your Start screen like Mail, People etc. How about making them smaller, or the smaller ones larger? Yes, you can do that. Simply right click your mouse on the icon you would like to change the size of. As you right click it, you will notice that it has been selected by a tick mark, and at the same time, an icon bar slides up at the bottom of the screen. Just select ‘Smaller’ or ‘Larger’ whatever the case applies, and you are done.

In case you are using touch screen you have to keep long pressing of tile.

3. Enable or Disable Live Tiles

There are certain tiles which usually provide live and updated information. For instance, the tile providing all finance and news usually updates with relevant financial information and news from internet. If you simply want to ignore this noise, go for right-click the tile and then again click Turn live tile off. You will have the app’s name appeared by tile.

In case you want the tile not to appear at your Start screen at all you have nothing to do except clicking the Unpin from Start button.

4. Get the tiles organised into groups

Windows 8 allows you to get the Start Screen tiles arranged into groups according to your preference. You can also give your group the name of your choice.  To give it a go, use semantic zoom feature holding Ctrl and scrolling mouse wheel to downward, you can do the same even by clicking the little button at the right corner appearing in screen at right horizontal scroll bar.  Now you can easy select groups of your choice. As you select, an information bar slides up from the bottom, it says to give your group a name, do that and you are done.  Want to add or remove items between different groups? You can do this by drag and drop simply.

Perform a stretch gesture in case you are using touch screen. And move them apart while placing your two fingers on the screen. Have right-click on one of the groups and then get the Name group button clicked in order to enter a name.

5. Creating a Desktop Application Launcher

In case you don’t like the default interface which is known as Metro interface, you can take the benefit of using desktop apps. Go to All Apps, and right click an app, and then select Pin to Start in order to put that app to the Start screen. Can’t find the Pin to Start button? Check you Start screen, that application must already have on your start screen.

6. Pin Folders & Websites

Based on your preference you can easily pin shortcuts to folder and websites to Start screen of your desktop. For it you have to only right-click then select Pin to Start.

You can also Pin a website to your Start Screen, for this you will need to navigate to the website in a web browser like Chrome or Internet Explorer. As the website or web page is open, you can select from the browser’s option menu to Pin. Read this blog for detailed explanation. How to build custom start screen for Windows 8?

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