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Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

You learned quite a bit about the Start screen in Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 8." You learned how to move tiles around and configure the Weather app to show up-to-date inforВ­mation. There's probably quite a bit you'd still like to change, though. You want to remove tiles for apps you don't use and add tiles for those you do, configure how large or small a tile appears on the screen, and change the background, to name a few. You might also want to disable some of the live tiles.

TIP Before you start, think about the apps and desktop apps you use most often, the websites you visit most often, and the configuration options you access the most often. Start by adding those to your Start screen. Then consider removing tiles for apps you rarely use.

In this exercise, you'll personalize the Start screen with a new background color.

1 SET UP Start your computer and unlock the Lock screen. You need to have access to the Start screen. You do not need any practice files for this exercise.

1 On the Start Screen, type Start screen.

2 Under Settings, Click or touch Settings And then choose Customize your start screen.

Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

3 In the PC settings Window:

Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

3. Choose a background You choose the background for the Start screen by clickВ­ing or touching any thumbnail.

B. Choose a background color You choose the background color by using a slider provided for that purpose.

TIP If you are using a local user account, you should switch to a Microsoft account if you want the changes you make on the Start screen and throughout this chapter to follow you from computer to computer. This is possible only if those other computers can access the Internet to download your profile information, and only if you sign in on those computers by using your Microsoft account.

CLEAN UP Return to the Start screen when ready.

Now you can personalize your Start screen to hold only the tiles you use often. The comВ­mand to remove a tile is Unpin From Start. You access this command by right-clicking the unwanted app tile. This displays a toolbar that runs across the bottom of the screen and holds the charms you need to perform this task and others. What you see when you right-click an app depends on the tile. You might see Smaller, Larger, or Turn Live Tile Off. If you right-click multiple tiles, you also see Clear Selection. (You can also tap, hold, and pull the tile downward slightly to view this toolbar if you prefer to use touch gestures.)

TIP Uninstall is an option from the toolbar that appears when you right-click a tile. Don't uninstall anything yet, though; you might decide later that you want to use the app.

Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

A live tile has information that changes often. You might have noticed that the News app scrolls through the latest headlines or that Mail scrolls through received emails. This inforВ­mation is live; thus the name Live tile. You might want to disable the live feature of some of those tiles if the constant flipping bothers you or if you don't want to be distracted by new information about Facebook updates, tweets, email, or other data every time you access the Start screen. You might not want onlookers to see data you're acquiring, either. You can disable a live tile by using the same technique you learned earlier to remove tiles you don't want. Right-click the live tile to change it and then click Turn Live Tile Off. The tile will remain, but updates won't appear.

TIP You might want to make a tile live, too. For instance, when Calendar is configured as live, appointments and events appear there as the day and time draws near.

Finally, you'll want to add tiles for programs, features, and even web pages you visit often. This requires a few more steps than removing a tile or repositioning one, but it's still easy.

TROUBLESHOOTING If you uninstall an app and decide you want it back, check the Store. You just might find it there.

In this exercise, you'll add a tile to the Start screen for Windows Media Player, Control Panel, and your favorite Windows desktop application.

SET UP Start your computer and unlock the Lock screen. You need to have access to the Start screen. You do not need any practice files to complete this exercise.

TIP When an instruction requires you to click something with a mouse, note that you can generally touch the item to achieve the same result. When a right-click is needed, try a long touch and short drag downward or an upward swipe from the bottom of the screen. In some instances, a simple, single, long touch will suffice.

1 Right-click an empty area of the Start Screen; click All Apps.

Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

2 Right-click Windows Media Player (located under Windows Accessories). Click Pin to Start.

Personalizing the Start Screen Windows 8

3 Right-click Control Panel (located under Windows System) And click Pin to Start.

4 if you've installed programs on your own, right-click your favorite desktop program (located somewhere on the All Apps screen) and click Pin to Start.

CLEAN UP If applicable, return to the Start screen.

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