Windows 8

Quick Tip: Create a tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen

Sometimes you have to create a tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen manually.

Over the past two months, I have had several email requests from Windows and Office Blog readers asking how they can create a tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen for an application they have installed. The answer is surprisingly simple, yet frustratingly non-obvious.

Add a tile

Most of the time, when you install an application in Microsoft Windows 8, the system will create a tile on the Start Screen for you. However, sometimes you need to add the tile yourself. Here is how you do it.

First, make sure you are on the Windows 8 Start Screen and then right-click on any empty portion of that screen to reveal the All apps button in the lower right part of the display, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Right-click on a blank portion
Click the All apps button to reveal a list of all your installed apps, similar to Figure B.

Figure B

All apps revealed
Navigate over to the application you would like to create an app for. In this case, I am going to add a tile for the World of Warcraft. Right-click the appropriate item in the list and you will be given several choices, one of which is to pin the application to the Start Screen. (Figure C)

Figure C

Right-click you app
Click the Pin to Start button and a tile for that application will be added to the Start Screen. (Figure D)

Figure D

A tile has been added

Of course, the tile will be added to the end of all the other already existing tiles, so you are probably going to want to move somewhere more appropriate on the Start Screen, but that is another tip for another time.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

20 comments
bandoleer
bandoleer

ok this did NOT help me add a facebook tile to windows 8...brand new latop..so nothing is downloaded and when i googled how to do this your blog was brought up...ive tried trying adding to favorites on IE (which i freaking hate -i prefer GC) and i was told to right click facebook link and pin it to start- well you cant, i dont care for the "mail" options, i just want a simple TILE!!! why is this so complicated???!!! SCREW WINDOWS 8, id take vista again over this crap!

rhodesmk
rhodesmk

Before 8, there was a "games" folder which all installed games were added to by default. With 8, only those games from outside the "app store world" will do this. Any games installed from the app store will only show up on the app screen and the start screen. Can't even pin them to the desktop or taskbar as an alternative. And, I can't find the .exe files for them to create shortcuts from.

I'd rather work from the desktop (I have a hard time with new things, I guess). :-)

Any way to add app-store games to the games folder on the desktop?

Thanks!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

And searching for 'putty.exe' returns 'No files match your search'? I know it's there; I just copied it into C:\Program Files (x86).

WATKINS12
WATKINS12

I felt much the same way at first. Upgrading from 7 to 8 did create tiles for many of the apps that I had been frequently using, but not for all. This process the author is describing is how you can access the others and make them available on the start screen. Very similar to putting an icon on the desktop for Spider Solitaire, for example. You aren't really creating an app, just placing a tile in the forefront so it is more readily accessible. Quite clever and neat, because your less frequently used apps are all available in the All Apps area. Don't look for the games like Spider Solitaire there, however; you will need to install the legacy game from the Microsoft Store. Once you pin the tile to the Start Screen, you can make it smaller and move it to fit in with your other apps. I tend to place games together, news apps together, etc. While you are

Cerridwyn
Cerridwyn

All right clicking did was open the program

prasannakumar.r
prasannakumar.r

Thanks for your suggestion . It helped me in restoring my tiles back.Thanks once again.

muto
muto

"Navigate over to the application you would like to create an app for." I don't know which is worse, Microsoft’s clumsy new operating system or clumsy directions and sloppy use of lingo when trying to demystify it.

ggarland
ggarland

I want to know how to add devices to the Charms bar. Like my printer or built in web-camera.

hillelana
hillelana

I want to see what time it is while using IE in Metro. without Win + C.

Slayer_
Slayer_

What do you have to do to do this in a program installation?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you having trouble figuring out how do the little things in Windows 8? You know the things that should be obvious but aren't. Name a few and we can start compiling a list and figure them out together.

JJFitz
JJFitz

open Charms. Click on Devices. here you will find a list of devices currently connected to your computer - such as your printer.

JJFitz
JJFitz

Since Microsoft touts IE 10 Metro as a plug-in free browser, you may be out of luck but you can jump from IE 10 Metro to IE 10 Desktop from within IE 10 Metro. From IE 10 Metro > pick the tools icon in the lower right corner and choose View IE on the desktop. Then the time is right there in the taskbar.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I got what I wanted by creating a shortcut in: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs I wouldn't say it sucks based on a lack of response to a question. If you'd said that the GUI sucks on a desktop, I'd probably agree with you. I'd definitely agree if you'd said it was pointless on a desktop.

ggarland
ggarland

JJFitz, It isn't there. That is why I want to know how to add it. I thought the whole idea was that W8 would automagically see your devices and place them in the Charms bar, but not so. When I click on Devices, there are none there, even though I have a printer and a web-camera.

Slayer_
Slayer_

I don't got a Windows 8 machine anymore, so I can't try it. Front, like the first screen, or back, like the right click and pick all programs.

JJFitz
JJFitz

Control Panel > Devices and Printers > Add a device When adding the printer, it might be helpful to know the IP address of the printer if it is networked. Assuming that your webcam is not networked, you might need to go to the manufacturer's site and install the webcam software & drivers. Windows 8 drvers should be better but I have not had a problem using Windows 7 drivers for any webcam yet. Good luck!

JJFitz
JJFitz

I am just a lowly IT Director but I think as long as you install an exe and put it in c:\Program Files\, a tile will be automatically created and placed at the end of all of your previously created tiles. (Win 8 - not Win RT)

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