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Organizing the Start screen

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Organizing the Start screen

If you start installing a variety of applications, especially if you spend some time downloading applications from the Windows store, you'll likely find that your start screen starts to get a little bit cluttered. And you can see here as I scroll through that there doesn't seem to be a lot of organization at work here. So let's take a look at how we can clean up and better organize our Windows 8 start screen. The key thing is to think about categories for your applications. So, for example, you'll notice that I have a couple of games installed here.

Organizing the Start screen

If you start installing a variety of applications, especially if you spend some time downloading applications from the Windows store, you'll likely find that your start screen starts to get a little bit cluttered. And you can see here as I scroll through that there doesn't seem to be a lot of organization at work here. So let's take a look at how we can clean up and better organize our Windows 8 start screen. The key thing is to think about categories for your applications. So, for example, you'll notice that I have a couple of games installed here.

And perhaps I'd like to have those games grouped together. I'll go ahead and click and drag one of those games, one of the applications that is a game, and I'll drag it over toward the right. Now if I were on a touch screen device, I could simply drag downward on that tile. And then drag elsewhere to move it around. And as I move further over to the right, you'll notice that I have a vertical bar here. A divider that indicates that if I release this tile it will be placed in a separate group now that separate group could be between two existing groups or over to the right or left past all the available groups.

In this case I'm going to create a new group over to the right so I'll release that application. And then I'll also drag Solitaire over into that location and it will be placed right next to the Chess application. And I may as well take the Games application over as well and put that into the same group. And then I might Zoom Out clicking that button at the bottom right of the Display or Pinching In, if I'm using a touch screen device and then right-clicking on the group I'd like to Rename or Flicking on it with a touch screen and then choosing the Name Group Option.

And I'll just call this Games, and click the Name button. And then I can click to zoom back in. I also have some applications that relate to travel, for example, so I can create a new group if I'd like based on those. I'll go ahead and click the Conde Nast Traveler application over. And create a new group out of that, and then I'll take Kayak and place that in the same place. Hotels.com certainly falls in to that category, and I think I'll put the travel application as well as the unit conversion application that I've downloaded since I typically use that when I'm traveling. And then I have some information applications here and some other applications I can certainly continue reorganizing, perhaps moving some of my productivity applications.

And just overall trying to ensure that I have a very nice and clean. Tidy, organized interface on my start screen. Keep in mind that I can adjust the size of the individual tiles, choosing between the large or small version of that tile. I can move those tiles around, and of course rearrange them as I see fit, and even rename the various groups. So I'll continue working on my Start screen here, working toward a very clean appearance so that I can quickly find just the application I need, when I need it.

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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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