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How to put an URL on Metro?

  1. #1


    Denmark
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    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro

    How to put an URL on Metro?


    Greetings.
    I want to have an URL directly on Metro START-screen, but I can't figure out how to do it.

    I can make a shortcut on the desktop as an URL, but how to do the same on Metro?

    TIA

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  2. #2


    Posts : 93
    W8 Pro 9200


    Theres an App called "Tile a File", basically it lets you create a tile on the metro UI out of ANYTHING on your system.
    See for yourself !!!
    Tile A File app for Windows in the Windows Store

    Or you can also use Oblytile to create them .
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If you're talking about the immersive Internet Explorer app, to pin a website to the Start Screen you will need to right click within the app on the site you want to pin. Then click on the thumbtack on the bottom of the screen, and hit Pin to Start.

    Sometimes, certain websites won't have the actual favicon show on the Start Screen pin. Sites like youtube and facebook and Neowin have an IE 10 immersive icon that looks real nice.
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  4. #4


    Oregon
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    Greetings.
    I want to have an URL directly on Metro START-screen, but I can't figure out how to do it.

    I can make a shortcut on the desktop as an URL, but how to do the same on Metro?

    TIA
    Pretty easy as long as you are using IE 10.

    Here is a "how to": How to pin Web sites to the Windows 8 Start screen | How To - CNET
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  5. #5


    Denmark
    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    Thank you rmeigs, that bring the next question up then. How to use IE10 on Metro so I will be able to still use Chrome on the desktop?

    As written in your link, it can be done with Chrome, but not in a pretty way.
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  6. #6


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


    You just want a Chrome tile on the Metro screen ?
    That when you click it, Chrome opens ?

    Click image for larger version
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  7. #7


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    1. Right-click on Desktop -> New -> Shortuct
      Code:
      explorer www.google.com
    2. Change icon to your taste
    3. Pin the shortcut

    Opens in the default browser.
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  8. #8


    Denmark
    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    No medab1, that is not what I want. I want to have an URL placed on the Metro, so when I click it, it opens a specific webpage. Look at the link in #4 in this thread.

    Eksample: A tile, that when clicked, open "www.oldcars.de" in IE10 Metro-edition.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    If you want to open in IE10 Metro, you have to set it as default browser. Then see post #7.
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  10. #10


    Denmark
    Posts : 224
    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    #9 look at #4 and #5 again. You are answering on a wrong thing.

    Example:
    On my desktop I have an icon named test.url and if I rightclick on this, I can put the web-adress in it (i.e. Microsoft Home Page | Devices and Services), but there is NO option to pin it. This is a direct .url NOT a shortcut. In Metro I want it to open in IE10 as (read link in #4) chrome can't handle tiles correctly, but I want to keep using Chrome when in desktop-mode
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