Windows 8, a product of Microsoft is being so popular among peoples, it differs from the previous versions like vista, win 7 in it processing speed. Not only that, its appearance also impress peoples. But there are way lot more options to customize the look and feel for the start screen to adopt it in your own desired way. How to get access to Start

: For a touch device, it will just require you to swipe from the right hand side of your screen.The charms bar appears and then you get the start button. Now tap on it.Whereas for a non-touch device with a mouse, you need to move your cursor either on the top right corner or lower right corner which will show the charms bar and also the Start button. Or else you can press the Windows key to access the start button. Personalization of the start screen includes the following features:

  1. Background Appearance: To change the default background picture, hover the cursor to either of the top or bottom right corners of your screen or strike the “WinKey + C” combo to reveal the charms bar. Now Click on Settings-> Personalization > Start screen and select your background and color pattern. Custom background images or color schemes though aren’t available, but Microsoft provides quite a few options from light shades to darker ones.
  2. Tiles:These tiles can be referred as the building blocks of the start screen. Each tile refers toone application. It can be a live tiles or any desktop application icon tile. One glance on these tiles can update with all kind of news and feeds. You can drag and move the tiles anywhere you want. These tiles can be even resized in a touch device by making a gesture with two fingers by pinching them inward or outward. Tiles with no use can just be unpinned from the start menu by right clicking on the tile & select ‘unpin from start’ option. Tiles again can be grouped in a single bunch by just selecting the tiles by holding CTRL key and scrolling the mouse and clicking on ‘Name group’ button.
  3. Creating a tile:Previous users may not like the Metro UI and would rather go for desktop applications, so one can turn the Start screen into a desktop-only app launcher. To get a view of all the desktop apps, right-click on the Start screen and click on ‘All programs’ to view them. Right-click on any app and select ‘Pin to Start’ to place it on the Start screen which will generate a new tile.
  4. Pin anything on to the start screen: Folder, applications, websites or friends. you can almost pin anything on to your start screen. For placing a folder, just right click on to it and click ‘Pin to start’. To create a tile for a website, navigate to the website and right click on the browser to click on ‘Add site to Start Screen’ option in the browser’s menu. All modern browsers will support this feature.

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