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Creating tile groups

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Creating tile groups

Now that we've personalized our start screen here in Windows 8.1, we can take it a step further by creating our own groups of tiles, and that's what we're going to do right now. Let's say some of the tiles that we see in our General Apps and Personal Apps, which we customized in the previous movie, belong in their own group. I'm going to put one together called Fun, where I'm going to put games, and music, and video and so on. So to do that, all we need to do is grab the tiles that we want to put into this new group. For example let's go to games, we'll right-click that tile, notice it's now selected.

Creating tile groups

Now that we've personalized our start screen here in Windows 8.1, we can take it a step further by creating our own groups of tiles, and that's what we're going to do right now. Let's say some of the tiles that we see in our General Apps and Personal Apps, which we customized in the previous movie, belong in their own group. I'm going to put one together called Fun, where I'm going to put games, and music, and video and so on. So to do that, all we need to do is grab the tiles that we want to put into this new group. For example let's go to games, we'll right-click that tile, notice it's now selected.

Let's do the same for our camera. Maybe music and video belong in the fun group. And we might want to add one more from over here on the left-hand side, I'm going to go over here to my photos. Now, they're all selected, which means we can move them around as a group. Let's click and drag, past the group that they're in, and you'll notice this separator appears, that little bar down the middle. That means we're about to remove them from their groups, and place them into their own group, which can be named.

So we'll just simply click up there and type Fun Apps. Press Enter, and there's our new group. That's all there is to creating your own groups and organizing your tiles into those groups. Now that we have it, we can take some additional ones and move them in there. For example, I'm going to go over here to my General Apps, and move sports in there with the others. And you can see, I could go past that to create a new group, or simply let go under the Fun Apps group, and I now have an additional tile in that group. The more groups you create, as well as the more tiles you bring in to those groups, you may see what's happening here, and that is too many tiles to display on one screen, and that's where scrolling comes in.

We'll just click in the background anywhere. You can use your wheel mouse, wheeling down moves you to the left, wheeling up moves you to the right. And you'll also see the scrollbar that appears across the bottom of your screen, allowing you to move left to right. On a touch screen, it's a simple matter of swiping left or right.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Resetting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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