Create a Windows 8 Metro-style Tile
How to Make a New Tile for Your New User Interface
The purpose of this page is to show you how to create a new tile for your Windows 8 Metro-style UI.
Windows 8 UI Tile Topics
Regard this exercise as preparaton for the main event of creating a new tile in the Windows 8 Metro UI. The easiest way to display a program's tile is to right-click an app, then select 'Pin to Start' from the bottom right of the screen.
If I say to you: 'this is not a easy task', then it may explain why I divided the task into three stages. Furthermore, if you cannot make a Windows 8 tile from this outline, then you have my detailed notes below.
Plan A: Create an old-fashioned Windows shortcut to
Plan B: [optional] Copy your shortcut to this specific folder.
Plan B: Use the Metro Search to find your shortcut [Key
P.S. You can create shortcuts and then tiles for other Windows 8 programs, I just created one for gpedit.msc.
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Plan B: [optional] Copy Shortcut
You need to copy this shortcut into a specific folder, therefore
right-click and copy the icon into memory. Launch Windows Explorer and
Right-click and paste into the folder, see screenshot below.
Addendum: Alternative Path
Plan B: Search And Pin
Proceed as though your shortcut is an App that you want to Pin to the UI. Therefore, from the Metro interface type:- 'Snip'. Search Apps should appear and display your shortcut.
Once Search App displays your shortcut, right-click and a white tick should appear. Look down at the bottom right you should see the Pin. Click on the Pin to Start. Any problem refer to pinning an application to the Metro UI
To return to the Metro UI press the WinKey, your new tile will be at the extreme right, so scroll until you see your usual logon icon at the top. Underneath should be the new Windows 8 Tile that you just created.
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When you inspect the data in the Response Time Dashboard, if you hover over an application such as Teredo or TCP, then you get an orange box showing a breakdown of network and application response times, note the 'Peak value' in addition to the 'Average'.
The performance monitor also contains the resorce monitor. Here is a quick way of creating a tile for this utility.
Step 1: Create a Shortcut. Just right-click on the
Step 2: Pin to Start. Just right-click the shortcut; select 'Pin to Start'.
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A program's tile has more space than the corresponding icon, thus it can display up-to-date information, for example the latest weather, or a traffic report. Furthermore, each tile is 'chromeless' thus the program can use the whole screen since there is no need for scroll-bars. You manipulate the Windows 8 controls from the sides with your thumbs, while you can swipe the application's own controls from the top and bottom with your fore-finger. The golden rule is that all Apps controls have the same look and feel.
Change of Mind-set
Opinion is divided whether users can indeed switch from 'touch first' Windows 8 at home to the traditional Windows 7 in the workplace. For these people, one way of looking at the old style desktop is as just another app which you can launch from Metro UI.
Controlling the Desktop Verion of IE 10
Windows 8 IE 10 has two versions. When you click on the IE tile on the start screen you get the Metro Version. See how to configure the traditional version of Internet Explorer v 10.
Suppose you want to find an App. From the Metro UI, just press a letter on your keyboard! Here is a screenshot of what happened when I tried 'e'. (No need to call for the Charms and Search.)
If you right-click an App you can 'Pin', or 'Unpin' it to the Metro UI. It's not long before you start dragging the Tiles around, grouping them and moving the most important to the left.
See More About the Windows 8 New UI
Summary of How to Create a Tile in Windows 8
Break-down the task into stages. Create a shortcut corresponding to your tile. Right-click the shortcut and 'Pin to Start'.
Alternatively, copy the shortcut to the specific folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. The final stage of this technique is to search for the Apps and then Pin its tile to the Metro UI start menu.
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Microsoft Windows 8 Metro-style User Interface