IN THIS CHAPTER
The Windows 8.1 interface
Working with tiles
Working with tile groups
Customizing the contents of the Start screen
Clearing tile data
The Windows 8.1 interface presents a clean, streamlined way to interact with your apps, data, and documents, but like the traditional Windows desktop interface, the new interface is just a starting point. You can customize the organization of tiles and tile groups on the Start screen, change the picture on the Lock screen, and much more.
This chapter explores how you can change all these elements of the Windows 8.1 interface and customize it to suit the way you work and play.
Although the Lock screen might be the first thing you see when you start Windows 8.1, you'll certainly spend a lot more time working on the Start screen, so that's where we'll start our tour of the tools and settings you can use to customize the interface.
Figure 9.1 shows a portion of a typical Windows 8.1 Start screen. As the figure shows, the tiles on the Start screen are grouped. You can rearrange the tiles on the Start screen, moving them within a group, moving them to other groups, or even creating new groups.
Moving tiles within a group is easy. If you're using a touch device, tap and hold the icon until ...