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8/21/2013 8:32:00 AM
Windows 8 Tips - Customize your tiles

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

Windows 8 may be unfamiliar to many of you, but that doesn't mean you can't customize how your Start Screen looks and acts. And I'm sure in future versions of Windows 8 there will be even more customization.
So how do you handle those tiles?
Here are some tips from Microsoft that will help you make the most of your Start Screen tiles by adjusting the sizes, where they are located and what is listed.
• Move any tile by clicking and dragging the tile. While moving a tile, if you need a larger view of the Start Screen move the tile toward the top or bottom of the screen to zoom out.
• Use your mouse wheel to scroll left-to-right through your tiles.
• Any Desktop shortcut or program can be pinned to the Start Screen by right-clicking the icon and choosing "Pin to Start."
• In the bottom right-hand corner of the Start Screen is a magnifying glass with tiles. Click this icon to get a zoomed-out view of your Start Screen. In this view, if you right-click on a group of tiles, you'll be given the option to name a group, which can be useful if you have a group of related tiles (e.g. games). In this view, you can also click and drag a group to organize your tile groups.
• In Windows 8, "speed bump" is the name of the small, vertical gap found between groups of tiles. This helps organize tiles. To create new speed bumps, drag one of the tiles to the farthest right side of your screen.
• Resize any "User" tile or "Live" tile by right-clicking the tile and choosing resize.
• If there is a tile you want on your taskbar (the bar at the bottom of the screen), right-click the tile and choose "Pin to Taskbar."
• Show admin applications on the Start Screen by going to "Charms," click "Settings" and change the "Show Administrative Tools" from "No" to "Yes."
• In Internet Explorer 10, you can also pin any of your favorite web pages to your Start Screen.

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