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How to make a custom Desktop Tile for Metro

  1. #1


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    How to make a custom Desktop Tile for Metro


    First, download & install OblyTile:

    Download OblyTile

    The download link is a bit down the page:

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    Next, add the Tile name.

    Then, in the Program Path add this:

    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\<USER_NAME GOES HERE>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

    My User Name is medab1, so my Program Path is:

    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\medab1\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

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    In Tile Image, Browse to find an image you want to appear on the Tile.

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    After choosing one its address will appear in the Tile Image textarea.

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    There are color choices for Background & Text Color.

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    The new Desktop Tile will take you directly to the Desktop when clicked.

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    Enjoy.
    Last edited by David Bailey; 12 May 2013 at 06:24.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 93
    W8 Pro 9200


    Wow, I just press the Esc key and it does just the same
    However I do use Obly for other Metro tiles.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by amoled View Post
    Wow, I just press the Esc key and it does just the same
    However I do use Obly for other Metro tiles.
    Pressing the Esc key doesn't give you a customized tile,now does it ?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 93
    W8 Pro 9200


    Funny enough I use a Taskbar .ink to get to the Metro UI but personally I dont see the need to point and click to get to the desktop when I can just click.
    Some people will find it useful Im sure...
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Someone asked if there was a way to do it so I figured it out & posted the solution to him.
    Then I made this tutorial in case anybody else wanted to be able to do it.
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  6. #6


    There is a new version of OlbyTile for Windows 8.1. It now makes large, wide, medium or small tiles and interface has been greatly improved. Very nice.


    [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all programs. - xda-developers
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