How To Move, Resize, Re-Position, Add or Remove Tiles In Windows 8 Metro Start Screen or UI

by Rohit Khurana on March 29, 2012

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Windows 8  is a very different looking interface compared to the older Windows versions up to Windows 7 which all had a Start button in Windows. This interface has been deliberately kept this way for freshness, simplicity and ease of using the same interface on a touch screen tablet device as well as a normal desktop or laptop PC. However, being a new operating system interface, it does confuse the newbie users who start using a very different looking operating system. This is not strikingly a different environment like a Linux or Mac OS, but it is quite new. In this article, I will share some very basic ways to manage tiles on the Windows 8 Metro User Interface or UI.

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image – Windows 8 Metro UI with Tiles for Apps and Softwares

How To Remove A Tile From Windows 8 Metro Start Screen or UI

To make any change to a tile in Windows 8, simply right click on a tile, for example in below screenshot, I have right clicked on the Messaging App on Windows 8 UI. As soon as you right click, there are two things that happen, first is that a tick mark symbol is added along with a border on the tile to highlight the selected tile which you can see below, second thing is that you will start to see additional options which rise from the bottom of the screen on Windows 8 Metro Screen.

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image – Messaging Tile Selected in Windows 8 start screen

To remove a tile or App, you should first make up your mind whether you need to remove it from the UI and keep it on the computer for later use or you want to completely remove it (uninstall from PC). If you want to use it once in a while, click on the option which says Unpin from start, this will remove it from the UI but will not uninstall the applications. But if you are sure that you don’t want to use this application for a very long time, it is better to uninstall it and remove it from the PC. If future, if you ever need it again, you can re-install the application to use it. I just unpinned it from the Start screen. So you can see one missing tile or empty tile space on the screen below.

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image – Messaging Tile Unpinned from Windows 8 start screen

How To Add A Tile To Windows 8 Metro Start Screen or UI

To add an app to Start Screen in Windows 8 which is not already there, right click on the empty space around the tiles, an option called All apps will show up on the bottom of the screen. Click on the All apps icon and it will open a large screen with all the installed Apps on your Windows 8 PC.

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image – Right click on blank space around tiles to show all apps option

To add the app to the start screen, simply right click on it and in the options that show up at the bottom of the screen, click on “Pin to Start” option.

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image – Right click on a app and pin to start

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image – Messaging app added to start screen

How To Resize A Tile From Windows 8 Metro Start Screen or UI

In Windows 8, you can keep a tile large (approximately twice the size of a small square time) or small which is square in shape. To change the size of a tile, simply right click on the tile and click Smaller (to reduce the size), as you can see in the snapshots, the Calendar App is reduced in size on the Windows 8 Start Screen.

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image – Large Calendar Tile

When you click on the “Smaller” option the tile reduces to half the original large size. If you want to enlarge or increase the size of a tile, simply right click on the small tile and click “Larger” option.

NOTE : This feature may not work on all tiles as some tiles may not have graphics to support larger or smaller picture. For such tiles, these options (Smaller and Larger) do not display at all.

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image – Small Calendar Tile

How To Move or Re-Position A Tile On Windows 8 Metro Start Screen or UI

Moving a tile around on the Windows 8 start screen is probably the easiest thing, just click and hold the tile you want to move and move it with mouse or touchpad. Its is like dragging it around to the location the Windows 8 start screen where you feel like placing it for your convenience.Windows 8 Tiles Move, remove, resize and re-position (12)

image – Dragging Photos App to re-position it on Windows 8 Start Screen

Additional tips :

Below are some additional tips you may like

Unpin Multiple Tiles From Windows 8 Start Screen At Once

You can unpin multiple tiles in one go, just right click on all the tiles you want to unpin back to back and more than one such tiles get selected, when you have selected all the tiles you want to unpin, just click unpin from start to remove the, at one.

Select Multiple tiles at once

Turn Of Windows Live On or Off For A Windows Live App

For an app which supports Windows live features like Messenger, Photos, etc., simply right click on such app and you will see an option to Turn Live Tile Off or Turn Live Tile On which you can use to turn them on and off.

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I hope you will find these basics useful in using Windows 8 comfortably. Please check out some more useful tips -

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