Creating Application Groups in Windows 8

With Windows 8, Microsoft implemented a new user interfce based on its Metro design language. The new interface uses a tile-based Start screen as a replacement for the previous Start menu. The Windows 8 Start screen displays a customizable array of tiles linked to various applications, some of which can display constantly updated information through "live tiles."

As you add programs to a system they all get put in one large tile block, however. If you wish to organize the tiles in application groups as you could do with groups under Programs or All Programs in previous versions of Microsoft Windows, you can do so by using the following procedure.

  1. Click on a tile for an application that you want to put in a separate group and drag it to the right to an empty area of the desktop. Do the same for other programs you want to put in the same group.
  2. Now that you have a new group with the programs you want in it, you may want to give the group a name. To do so, with the tiled display visible, click on the "dash" button at the bottom, right-hand corner of your screen.

    Windows 8 click dash and zoom out
  3. That will zoom out the display. Right-click on one of the tiles in the new group. You will then see Name group appear at the lower, left-hand corner of your screen. Click on it, which will allow you to give a name to the group.

    Windows 8 app grouping

  4. To zoom in to see the tiles in larger form as you saw initially, just left-click an empty area on the desktop.

You can reposition tiles within a group by dragging them within the group. To reposition an entire group, e.g. to put named groups in alphabetical order, zoom out and then click on a group and drag it to a new position on the desktop.


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Created: January 1, 2013