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Personalizing Tile Groups

Your collection of tiles is bound to grow as you install new programs and apps. You also can pin documents and web pages to the Start menu, so it’s likely you will add many, many tiles to the Start menu in a short period of time. To help keep track of tiles and easily locate them, you can organize tiles into groups of your own design.

For example, you might create a group of tiles of all your photo-related applications. The groups are organized into columns on the Start menu. A wider margin separates one group from another. You can move your tile groups when you like, and you can place a name above each group. An example of a number of tile groups appears in Figure 3.6.


FIGURE 3.6 You can organize the tiles on the Start menu into groups.

Creating a Tile Group

Tile groups, as the name implies, are tiles grouped into a collection where there isn’t any separation by margins or blank space. Within these groups you can adjust tile size and where they appear within the group. Sometimes it is easier to break out particular tiles into a separate group so they are easier to find or to where they make more sense from an organizational standpoint. Windows puts its default tiles into somewhat logical groups, but they might not appeal to you.

To create a tile group, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start menu, select a tile and drag it to an area below a group or between two groups. Tiles will move and shift to allow you to add the tile to an existing group; however, you will drop it into a new group when you see a horizontal title bar appear for the new group name, as shown in Figure 3.7. Release the tile to create the group.

    FIGURE 3.7

    FIGURE 3.7 Dragging a tile to create a new group.

  2. Drag additional tiles to the group.

Figure 3.8 shows that you have created a new group with several tiles separated by margins on either side.


FIGURE 3.8 A newly created group.

Moving Tile Groups

You might want to change the order of your groups so that frequently accessed tiles require less scrolling or if you have changed your organizational structure.

To move a tile group, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start menu, locate a tile group you would like to move.
  2. Select the title bar, which currently might be an empty space above the group, and drag it to a new location in the Start menu. The group will condense to just the title bar for the group.
  3. As shown in Figure 3.9, groups will shift to make space for the group and a space holder will appear to indicate possible locations for the group. Release the group when you are satisfied.

    FIGURE 3.9

    FIGURE 3.9 By dragging the title bar of a group, you can easily rearrange tile groups.

Naming a Tile Group

It might make sense for you to name your groups so you can easily locate your tiles, rather than trying to remember into which group you put a tile.

To label a tile group, follow these directions based on the device you use:

  • common2.jpg Select the title bar for a group you want to name. Your cursor will appear in a text field with the current name. If no name has yet been provided, it will simply say Name Group. Type the name of the group in the box that appears, as shown in Figure 3.10.

    FIGURE 3.10

    FIGURE 3.10 You enter the name of the tile group in the text box that appears when you select the title bar for the group.

  • common.jpg Tap and hold the title bar for a group you want to name. Your cursor will appear in a text field with the current name. If no name has yet been provided, it will simply say Name Group. Just like the step for using a mouse, type the name of the group in the box that appears, as shown in Figure 3.10.

You can repeat these steps for another group or click or tap anywhere on the screen to return to the normal Start menu.

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