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BeK

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I am planning on getting W8 really soon. I will be upgrading from W7. I personally like the look of the modern UI and I like the fact that you can categorize your applications into groups. The question I have is can you utilize custom icons on the modern UI?
For example, if I establish a group of apps on the modern UI titled "Games", would I be able to replace the default Batman Arkham City icon (smaller one in lower left) with one such as the Harley Quinn icon (much larger one) that you see pictured here?
Not a deal breaker, I'm just curious as to how much customization will be allowed in W8 via the modern UI.
Thanks in advance.
 

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Joga

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It's not built in, but you can use OblyTile to create custom tiles/shortcuts to desktop programs, using any image you want. Here's my start screen (still a work in progress, but gives you an idea of what you can do):

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You are the man! Thanks for the tip. By the way, I noticed that all your video game icons have the game titles right in the icons? Did you photo shop the titles right into images that you used for your icons?
 

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BeK

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It's not built in, but you can use OblyTile to create custom tiles/shortcuts to desktop programs, using any image you want. Here's my start screen (still a work in progress, but gives you an idea of what you can do):

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How did you manage to get the Power, Reset, and drives C/D shortcuts? Nice layout you got there by the way. :D
 

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Joga

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You are the man! Thanks for the tip. By the way, I noticed that all your video game icons have the game titles right in the icons? Did you photo shop the titles right into images that you used for your icons?

For the game icons I actually just went to Amazon and searched for the box art for each game, cropped it into a square and used that as the whole tile. (using the "Hide Tile Name" option in OblyTile)

@BeKure: For C/D (or any folder) you just put the folder path in the "Program Path" box. To make the Power shortcuts I just followed this guide - only difference is you have to use the full path to the .exe in the "Program Path" box in OblyTile (like, C:\Windows\System32\rundll.exe) and the extra stuff after the .exe into the "program arguments" section, like so:
 

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Thanks for the tip tips. Shutdown and Reset work great! Question though. How do I go about finding the path for the Internet Explorer app so that I can replace the tile with a custom one?
 

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Joga

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Thanks for the tip tips. Shutdown and Reset work great! Question though. How do I go about finding the path for the Internet Explorer app so that I can replace the tile with a custom one?

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe for desktop IE10.
 

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BeK

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Thanks for the tip tips. Shutdown and Reset work great! Question though. How do I go about finding the path for the Internet Explorer app so that I can replace the tile with a custom one?

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe for desktop IE10.

I just tried using that path for OblyTile and it didn't work. :(
 

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Joga

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Thanks for the tip tips. Shutdown and Reset work great! Question though. How do I go about finding the path for the Internet Explorer app so that I can replace the tile with a custom one?

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe for desktop IE10.

I just tried using that path for OblyTile and it didn't work. :(

Hmm... I don't know then. That's the path for me. :huh: You can try pinning IE to your desktop taskbar, and then right-click the IE icon -> right-click "Internet Explorer -> Click "Properties" to see the shortcut properties which will tell you the path, like so:

 

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BeK

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I was referring to the IE Modern App, not the IE desktop browser. Thanks for you help though. This is the path that didn't work for me.

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe for desktop IE10
 

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