Create, Manage, Name, Groups of Start Screen App Tiles in Windows 8

When you start Windows 8, you are first taken to the Start Screen where you get to see a lot  of Apps in the form of tiles. And these tiles are arranged randomly by default. And new tiles get added every time you install new apps or software. Over a period of time you may find your start screen to be a mess of tiles.

Start Screen Group

You will see that there are broadly 2 types of tiles. We can call them as Metro app tiles and Non-metro app tiles.

The Non-metro apps are simple ones with just the app names and their icon. Like for Paint, Notepad, Windows Explorer etc. They are static square tiles.

Microsoft has been partial to the Metro apps tiles. 😉 They are the colorful, custom designed ones – and some of them are Live tiles, which provide Live info and gets updated. For instance, the one for the Mail App shows message header of the new mails arrived or the Weather tile, which updates the weather.

The Metro tiles can also be shown in 2 sizes: Small and Large. Moreover, you have the option to customize the app tiles. Here I have selected the Weather app,  to show its various options like ‘smaller’, ‘turn Live tile off’ etc. To select an App , you have to right click it – remember that. Just clicking the app runs or opens it.


You can select multiple apps and the options shown will be the common ones.

Similarly you get various options, when you select a Non-Metro app. Here I have selected the Windows Live Writer App. You can  see the various options available below at the bottom. Right click again to close the option bar or de-select.


How to group Windows 8 start screen apps

Now if you want to group some of the apps together, just drag the app wherever you want to. And the tiles gets adjusted automatically to accommodate the tile you are putting. To create a new group, drag them away from the group to show a vertical band for a new group and drop the tile there – it will be in the new group. A group can identified as they have some more noticeable space between 2 groups. As here I’m dragging the Kindle app away and the vertical band shown for a new group created.


To make it more clear , you can view these groups when you click on the Zoom out icon present in the bottom right corner.


So when you click on the ZoomOut icon, the Screen gets zoomed out and all the tiles & their group arrangement can be noticed.

Screenshot (73) Here you can see 3 groups of Apps. 1st two groups don’t have any name while the 3rd is named as Extras. So let us see how to name a group.

How to name a Windows 8 apps group

When in the zoom-out stage, just move the mouse cursor over any group and that group gets highlighted, right click on the highlighted group to get the ‘Name Group’ option pop out from bottom of screen.


In this way you can name/rename a group.

Similarly in the Zoomed out state, if you right-click on the screen (Not on group) you’ll get the ‘All apps’ option .


When you click on it all the Apps are shown and the required ones can be pinned/unpinned to start screen.


Once they are on Start Screen, they can be put in any group.

So these are some of the things on how to manage various app tiles on Start Screen, creating a group, naming a group and moving the apps around.

Give it a try, Its fun !

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The author has been a Microsoft MVP awardee in various Windows categories (2006-2016) and currently a Windows Insider MVP. A Technology Enthusiast, interested in anything technical and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products. He is actively associated with various Microsoft online communities, forums, Newsgroups and has been actively involved in Beta testing various Microsoft products and bug submissions.

One Comment

  1. NewAsusAiO

    Thanks a lot for a clear instruction. What I failed to learn from a video I learned from you here easily!

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