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How to arrange tiles in the new full screen Start Menu?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    How to arrange tiles in the new full screen Start Menu?


    When I try to arrange the tiles pinned in the new full screen Start Menu, they all slide next to each other in columns of 2.

    But I can't figure out how to set the tiles anywhere I want. Or set the column spacers. Everything just slides to the top left.

    Like say I have 20 tiles, and I wanted to arrange them like this:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails TILE.JPG  

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The Start Screen doesn't really allow for negative space like that.

    Click image for larger version

    Here's mine. It really just takes a bit of finagle, you click and drag and work it. If you have a tile, you can build a new column by going in between the tiles, in you case it might need to be the end of the Start Screen, and a clear white bar appears that shows the new column.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Crimson,

    Unfortunately, you will only be able to arrange them in groups horizontally and not vertically.

    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    OK Thanks! I'll try that.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    I was able to make groups. But each group only has 2 columns. I couldn't figure out how to make extra columns in the group. Like in your image above the first group on the left has 6 columns.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Since you only have two columns of apps on the Start screen, you might check using the tutorial below to make sure that you have the Make everything on your screen bigger option turned off in Windows 8. It sounds like you may have it turned on.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    No. It's turned off. I'll upload the image. Everything is in 2 columns:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Start.png  
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, ok. I see what you mean now.

    By default, a single column is the width of 1 large app tile, or 2 small app tiles beside each other. The 2 small app tiles is basically the same as 1 large app tile. It will not carry over to a 2nd column in a group until it has filled the 1st column in a group from top to bottom vertically.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    OK I see. So a column would have to fill up with 12 small tiles in sets of 2, and the next tile will be in the next column.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, the column would have to fill up with however many tiles you have set to have per row, then it will start in the next column in the group.

    Start Screen - Metro Apps - Change Number of Rows in Windows 8
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