Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Custom Tiles
You can name groups, which makes finding the app tile you want much
easier and makes the entire Start screen look much more organized. Naming
a group requires the Start screen to be in the zoomed-out group view. You can
enter that view by clicking the minus button in the lower-right corner of the
screen, as shown in Figure 6-6.
Once you are in the group view, just right-click any group, select Name Group,
enter a name, and hit Enter.
Resizing Tiles
Windows Store apps have two tile sizes, whereas classic Windows apps come
in only one size. The metro-style apps can be single width or double width.
Tweaking the size of the tile is as simple as right-clicking it. Have a double-wide
and want to make it single? Just right-click it and select Smaller on the charms
bar that pops up. Click Larger on the charms bar to make it bigger.
Creating Custom Tiles
You can extend the Start screen further in Windows 8 by adding custom tiles.
With the right tools, you can pin just about anything to the Start screen: folders,
websites, scripts, and even commands. In the next two sections I show you how
you can create custom tiles that will make your Windows 8 experience better.
Native Support
Only applications can be pinned to the Start screen natively and are typically
customized by pinning an application shortcut. To demonstrate how, I show
you how to create a tile on the Start screen that will shut down your computer.
Switch to the desktop interface and then follow these steps:
1. Right-click the desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
2. Type the command you want to run in the location box. For this shutdown
tile example, type shutdown.exe /s /t 0 and then click Next.
3. Type in a name for your shortcut, such as Shutdown, and click Finish.
4. Now it is time to customize the look of the shortcut. Right-click your new
shortcut and select Properties.
5. On the Shortcut tab, click Change Icon.
6. Select a new icon and click OK.
7. Click OK on the shutdown.exe Properties window.
8. Right-click your shortcut again and this time select Pin To Start.
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