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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Adding or Removing App Tiles

The tiles on the Start screen don’t represent all of your programs—only the ones to which you want quick access (just like the old Start menu). But there will come a time when you want to add a new program’s tile here.

Installing a new app’s tile to the Start screen is called pinning it. You can pin either TileWorld apps or Windows desktop programs to the Start screen.

And apps are just the beginning. Eventually, you’ll discover that you can also pin tiles for Web sites, playlists, photo albums, people from your contacts list, mail accounts or mailboxes, icons from desktop Windows, and more.

But first things first: pinning apps.

Adding App Tiles to the Start Screen

Windows 8 offers two ways to pin TileWorld apps to the Start screen: from the All Apps list, or from the Search screen.

Pinning from the Apps list

One way to find the app you want to pin is to use the Apps screen.

  • 1. Open the Apps screen.

    To open this list from the Start screen, use one of these techniques:

    Touchscreen: Swipe up anywhere on the screen.

    Mouse: Click the that appears when you move your cursor toward the lower-left side of the screen.

    The master list of every program installed on your computer, both TileWorld apps and Windows desktop programs, is now arrayed before you (Figure 2-1).

    On the “All apps” screen, you see all TileWorld apps and all desktop programs. They’re listed in individually titled groups, depending on how you’ve chosen to sort them. You can take this opportunity to pin any of these programs to your Start screen.

    Figure 2-1. On ...

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