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centered text on start tiles/icons?

  1. #1


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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    centered text on start tiles/icons?


    Is this possible? Haven't found anything about it. I don't even know if it will look good, I just want to try. When you pin non metro apps (don't know what else to call it) you get the icon and text beneath to the left in a square tile. If the name of the app is short (e.g. VLC) it looks a bit weird and I'm thinking that it might look better with this text centered.

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Hi Mertzi,

    as far as I know it is not (yet) possible to center the text on the tiles. There are however some ways to accomplish what you want. Both ways need the program Oblytile: [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all programs. - xda-developers

    First way ==> Create new shortcuts and put some blanks (spaces) before the Tile name.
    Second way ==> Use a picture edditor (e.a. Photoshop or Gimp) and hardcode the Tile name in the picture. Then use Oblytile to change the Tile picture and select the option 'don't show tilename'.

    Good luck!
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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Hi Mertzi,

    as far as I know it is not (yet) possible to center the text on the tiles. There are however some ways to accomplish what you want. Both ways need the program Oblytile: [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all programs. - xda-developers

    First way ==> Create new shortcuts and put some blanks (spaces) before the Tile name.
    Second way ==> Use a picture edditor (e.a. Photoshop or Gimp) and hardcode the Tile name in the picture. Then use Oblytile to change the Tile picture and select the option 'don't show tilename'.

    Good luck!
    Thanks! Gonna try the blank space method
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    You're welcome! Let me know how it turned out.
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    Posts : 23
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    blanks only works if I put a dot (or any other symbol/letter) first, so I tried with a dot first and then some spaces and some more spaces after the shortcut name and another dot at the end to make it symmetrical but that doesn't look too good I'm afraid, then left aligned is better.
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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    might try oblytile, do you know if it has caused any conflicts with classic shell for anyone? I'm going to ask at XDA in the official thread.
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    Just want to follow up for anyone who might read this, oblytile works great. No conflict with classic shell and its awesome to make custom tiles, looks way better than those icon tiles for desktop apps.
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by mertzi View Post
    Just want to follow up for anyone who might read this, oblytile works great. No conflict with classic shell and its awesome to make custom tiles, looks way better than those icon tiles for desktop apps.
    That is great to hear mertzi!!!

    It great to hear I could help you.
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