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How to Form and Name Groups on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

After you have all of your tiles on the Windows 8.1 Metro Start screen, it’s easy to get your Metro Start screen organized. Try this:

  1. Tap and drag (or click and drag) your tiles so similar tiles are in the same group.

    For example, if you use Mail, Messaging, People, and Calendar all day long, put them in the same group. If you have Office installed, move the tiles you want over to the Metro Start screen.

    Don’t worry just yet if the groups are in the wrong sequence: There are easy ways to move entire groups. Just concentrate on getting your similar tiles into the same group.

    If you have programs that you look at constantly because they have important information — stock market results, your music playlist, Messenger notifications, or new Mail — keep them in one or two groups.

    If you need to create a new group, drag a tile all the way over to the right. You see a faint vertical bar, which indicates that a new group has just been formed. Drop the tile to the right of the bar.

  2. To give your groups names, on the Metro Start screen, right click or tap and drag down any tile.

    Windows grays the screen a bit, and puts blocks above each group that say Name Group.

  3. Type in each group’s name in the indicated box.

  4. Click or tap anywhere on the screen.

    The graying goes away, and your Metro Start screen suddenly has names for its groups.

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