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How to arrange tiles in the Start Menu in the order you want?

  1. #21


    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows XP SP3 32-bit


    Trying to swap one tile directly with another in a group and the whole arrangement gets messed up [eg. swap a tile on the top row directly with one on the 3rd row, so that they just directly swap places with each other] . Why oh why can I not directly swap one tile with one another like that? I should not have to waste about 20 minutes of my life trying to get grouped tiles in the order I want. It becomes infuriating after a few minutes. This is sheer stupidity this nonsense. Whoever thought this up should be taken out and shot. What were these designers thinking? " Lets see how complicated and as annoying as possible we can make swapping tiles around in the start screen, that'll be a laugh."

    They call this progress? In the old start menu it was childs play to move icons to where you wanted them.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Well they've still got a lot of months before the final version, lets hope they are listening.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    HOW THE TILES MOVE:

    ADDING:
    Attachment 3900
    So If I add a tile at the start then every tile after this move one square in the direction shown and the last one moves to the next free space following the pattern.
    If I was to add it part way through then only items after it would move. (if you fill a 4*2 group and then add another tile then it makes a new 4*2 group)

    Wide tiles will only move Down/UP in a 4*2 group (so if you have five single tiles then a wide tile there will be a gap above and to the right of the wide tile)

    REMOVAL is the same patten but reversed

    hope this helps
    Knowing the pattern is useful. I had to write on a piece of paper the layout I wanted and then organise the tiles according to the patter so they would appear the way I wanted: alphabetically across 4 columns, then down to the next row etc. An absurd set up by Microsoft! A right-click sort group alphabetically option would be useful, with options on sorting in 2 column grids like Microsoft's way, or across however many columns you have like the way I wanted.

    Anyway, brainteaser wasn't that hard, but it is still a pretty sad oversight from Microsoft.
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  4. #24


    A right-click sort group alphabetically option would be useful
    Surely !

    +1
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  5. #25


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center X 64


    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    HOW THE TILES MOVE:

    ADDING:
    Attachment 3900
    So If I add a tile at the start then every tile after this move one square in the direction shown and the last one moves to the next free space following the pattern.
    If I was to add it part way through then only items after it would move. (if you fill a 4*2 group and then add another tile then it makes a new 4*2 group)

    Wide tiles will only move Down/UP in a 4*2 group (so if you have five single tiles then a wide tile there will be a gap above and to the right of the wide tile)

    REMOVAL is the same patten but reversed

    hope this helps
    Good stuff here....I was fooling around and now have these dam wider then usual gaps..(called speed bumps)...pic attached....any suggestions...thanks




    btw: I have trying to produce something similar to this great very clean looking 8.1 desktop...I have seen her name on numerous sites....so she is good...I get very close but then it goes bananananassss....lol

    Very laborious process...lol (still way too cluttered)....
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails start-with-wallpaper-high-res_313398b8-100039899-large.png   Gaps between tiles ala speedbumps..jpg   Untitled.jpg  
    Last edited by gahbmwm5; 20 Aug 2013 at 19:32.
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  6. #26


    I think the simplest way to add titles to the various app groups is to: Go to Start screen, click on this sign (-) in bottom right corner, right click on specific group & type out the title you want.
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  7. #27


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    Windows 8.1 Pro Media Center X 64


    Quote Originally Posted by robinpe View Post
    I think the simplest way to add titles to the various app groups is to: Go to Start screen, click on this sign (-) in bottom right corner, right click on specific group & type out the title you want.
    Hi robinpe,

    lol, hell I did not even notice the (-).......neat and thanks for sharing this tip..
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  8. #28


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 228
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I have to say that once I learnt it's not so bad, and I even prefer it over the old menu. I purchased Start8 long ago but I don't even use it.

    I just keep the main apps icons in the desktop taskbar, the secondary in the menu, which is very clean and short, and the less used ones I just keep them hidden and launch them by typing.

    Now... asking the average conservative user to learn all of this, spend a lot of time with it and thinking that your sales will not drop dramatically has always been a joke. A very predictable fail from Microsoft.

    Additionally I mention that last week I purchased a smartphone with Windows Phone and returned it the day after. It was a super bargain Samsung Ativ S, a great phone almost twin of the Samsung S3, for just 220, but Windows Phone is very limited yet, and the tiles are, to me, much more annoying than these ones. Microsoft should reconsider the whole Windows 8 and Metro design ideas or the falling will never stop.
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