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How to Arrange Tiles

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    How to Arrange Tiles


    Maybe I am just dense, but how do you arrange the tiles on the Start Window? Every time I change the location of a tile, the system changes the location of other tiles in some manner that I have yet to understand.

    Thanks for any tips, Jim

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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello hawkeye,

    Is this for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Preview?

    If Windows 8, then the tutorials below can help show you more on how to. You can drag and drop tiles around within a group, but the small tiles will still auto arrange some.



    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye62 View Post
    Maybe I am just dense, but how do you arrange the tiles on the Start Window? Every time I change the location of a tile, the system changes the location of other tiles in some manner that I have yet to understand.
    I'm not sure what's hard to understand. The order is quite obvious just by observing how it acts. The start page works in colums of 2. Imagine this:

    12 78
    34 90
    56 AB

    If you drag B to the right of 1, it becomes:

    1B 67
    23 89
    45 0A

    Notice that 2 moved down one row and to the left. Notice that 6 moved to the next column on the left, and 7 moved to the right.

    Think of it like reading a newspaper. There are multiple columns, and you right left to right in each column. Taking a paragraph from one column and inserting it into another would move every down. (in this case it moves everything to the right and down)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye62 View Post
    Maybe I am just dense, but how do you arrange the tiles on the Start Window? Every time I change the location of a tile, the system changes the location of other tiles in some manner that I have yet to understand.
    I'm not sure what's hard to understand. The order is quite obvious just by observing how it acts. The start page works in colums of 2. Imagine this:

    12 78
    34 90
    56 AB

    If you drag B to the right of 1, it becomes:

    1B 67
    23 89
    45 0A

    Notice that 2 moved down one row and to the left. Notice that 6 moved to the next column on the left, and 7 moved to the right.

    Think of it like reading a newspaper. There are multiple columns, and you right left to right in each column. Taking a paragraph from one column and inserting it into another would move every down. (in this case it moves everything to the right and down)
    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, that is clear as mud. How would you move 56 to 78's position? I guess just moving it there would be too complicated?

    Thanks, Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello hawkeye,

    Is this for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Preview?

    If Windows 8, then the tutorials below can help show you more on how to. You can drag and drop tiles around within a group, but the small tiles will still auto arrange some.



    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
    Thanks for the reply Shawn! I printed out those pages and will try to find time to study them.

    Thanks, Jim
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Jim. Glad we could help.

    Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye62 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, that is clear as mud. How would you move 56 to 78's position? I guess just moving it there would be too complicated?
    I don't understand. 5 and 6 are two separate tiles. if you want to move 5 and 6 to 7 and 8's position, you drag 5 to 7, and 6 to 8. How is that difficult? It then becomes

    12 56
    34 90
    78 AB

    7 and 8 move backwards to fill the space vacated by moving 5 and 6. Just like a newspaper, when you get to the bottom of the column, it starts over at the top of the next column.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye62 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, that is clear as mud. How would you move 56 to 78's position? I guess just moving it there would be too complicated?
    I don't understand. 5 and 6 are two separate tiles. if you want to move 5 and 6 to 7 and 8's position, you drag 5 to 7, and 6 to 8. How is that difficult? It then becomes

    12 56
    34 90
    78 AB

    7 and 8 move backwards to fill the space vacated by moving 5 and 6. Just like a newspaper, when you get to the bottom of the column, it starts over at the top of the next column.
    OK, my bad. BUT to get the exact line up of tiles you want must take many, many moves in a way that is far from intuitive.

    Regards, Jim
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Honestly, I don't have a problem. It makes complete sense to me. What are you specifically trying to do that you are having problems?

    Just remember that it's a "flow". If you move an icon, something must take it's place. It's usually easiest to start at the back and move forward, since icons that come after any given icon change don't move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Honestly, I don't have a problem. It makes complete sense to me. What are you specifically trying to do that you are having problems?

    Just remember that it's a "flow". If you move an icon, something must take it's place. It's usually easiest to start at the back and move forward, since icons that come after any given icon change don't move.
    Thanks for your patience!

    In the first example of moving 5>7 and 6>8, the result is 8 7 at location 7 8 and 6 5 at location 5 6 if the second move is the "real" original 6 and 8 6 at location 7 8 and 7 5 at 5 6 if the second move is the actual position 6.

    I have tried this several times. The first move of 5>7 does just that but the second move does not just do 6>8.

    Regards, Jim
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