TileIconifier is a great tool for Windows that lets you create custom tiles for any application. You can customize colors, foreground text and many other similar settings. In addition to custom tiles, you can create custom shortcuts as well. The tool is free to download, and it is open-sourced. You can easily find the executable and code on GitHub.
To get started, if you run the 32-bit variant of the application on a 64-bit system then you may face an error and a few features may not work, but that is nothing to worry about. Once it is running, the program may take a while to load the list of available shortcuts. Now you can select the application for which you want to customize the tile.
You can choose a different icon image for both medium-sized and small-sized tiles. The image can be manually selected from your computer, or the application’s icon can be directly used.
There are basic image editing features available that let a user decide the size of the icon and align it on the tile. The settings for both medium and small sized tiles can be made separately.
- The background color for a tile can also be changed; there is a list of common colors available or a custom hex code can also be entered.
The foreground text settings for a medium-sized tile too can be changed. Foreground text can be completely disabled or enabled. Moreover, the text color can be switched between white and black.
Create custom Start menu tiles & Desktop shortcuts
Once you are done with customizing all the settings for your Tile, hit the “Tile Iconify” button. The settings will be instantaneously applied.
TileIconifier keeps a record of the Tiles which have been modified so that the next time you start the tool it can provide you with relevant information. It also provides a ‘Reset’ button for tiles that have been previously modified using the tool. Also, the tool can show you the pinned status of a particular shortcut – but that requires PowerShell commands – and if your computer’s architecture is different from the one for which the application was built, the feature may not work. It is therefore recommended to download the application for your system’s architecture specifications.
There is an inbuilt feature that can create custom shortcuts for applications. This feature comes in handy when you want to duplicate a shortcut and also want the original one to be there. Custom-created shortcuts can be found under the TileIconifier folder in the start menu.
TileIconifier overall makes up a great customization tool for Windows 11/10/8.1/8. The features are designed and placed well, and the levels of customization the tool offers are simply amazing.
Click here to download TileIconifier. It is filled with great features but getting familiar with all of them may take a while.
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