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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Guides / Tips, Windows |

Operation and customizing the home screen in Windows 8

Operation and customizing the home screen in Windows 8

Surely one of the things that draw the attention of the new , or rather, the first that attracts attention is the new home screen. In Windows 95 appeared the classic start button, a pitcher from which accedíamos to applications, documents, and all kinds of content. This button is for many their own home in the computer world, enough to press it and let go. With Windows 8 this disappears becomes a full page, giving prominence again, content and applications.

It is simply a different approach, as in the famous and sometimes infamous Home page or screen we have every chance we had in the button. However for many it can be difficult to use or even strange. To remove the feeling of alienation have prepared a quick note about how it works, and some tips for customization.


As I was saying, the concept is exactly the same as that of the classic Start Button. This is moved to its own space and passes to take all the available screen space, serving as an excellent pitcher and colorful easy to use.

The Metro design, the interface used to introduce Windows 8 native applications of the system is based on simplicity, and is designed to be completely usable by touch gestures. Of course, the fact that Windows computers are used mostly in traditional desktop and laptop, something that Microsoft will try to change in the coming years, also makes you can take full advantage of using input devices like keyboard and mouse.


We are faced with a menu or home screen whose main functionality is to launch applications. Of course, we can choose what we want to have applications available input, remove the default ones, move them, rename them … Here are the basic options and overall performance:

  • Anchored applications. This, together with the release of the same, the main functionality of the new menu items offered by Microsoft. To pin-put an item on the Home screen, applications or any other document simply locate through integrated search or even retaining classic desktop Windows 8, and access the Pin to Start option from the context menu.
  • Launch applications. Once we anchored the application, a simple touch or mouse gesture is enough to throw it.
  • Creating and managing groups. The elements of the home screen are sorted automatically, but you can add a personal touch by grouping similar applications, our favorite, or even smart items, which we will see in the next point. Creating groups and naming them is also very simple, and just zoom-out gestures or by using the “-” button to hover over the bottom-to have an overview of the elements. This is where you can select a group, and using the context menu a name. In the image of this article you can see four of the groups that I personally use.
  • Live Tiles. When we talk about Metro and the Home Screen, talk of Tiles. Each element of this new menu appears as a tile which jumped to access content and applications, although not all are equal. Depending on the application, these tiles can be alive, and show information such as the number of emails you have for reading, climate information without even launching the appropriate application for it, or the name of the song you’re playing at that time. This is a great way to increase the shine of the interface and also useful to do so. Also, if you do not want to use that life itself of Tiles, simply disable Live Tile through the context menu of the same.


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In addition to sorting applications, application groups, and be able to name them giving a personal touch to the main elements of the Home screen, we also have the ability to change the color and design of it.

How? By also simple and intuitive. The first thing to do is go to the Home Screen. Once there glide your mouse over the top right corner of the screen, accessing the sidebar and entering options specifically, the last icon from the top. At the very bottom then we access Change computer settings, where we have three main elements:

  • Lock Screen
  • Home Screen
  • Profile Picture

It is the second option that allows us to give a special touch to our Home screen, for which we can choose background color and design. For both simply slide your mouse or your fingers in the configuration most prefer. In the coming days we will try to talk more options, this time designed by third parties to increase the chances that Microsoft itself gives us, although I, contrary to many people, I think that the options offered are stylish enough , especially for lovers of minimalism.

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