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How to Create and Customize a Group on the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

The below information only works after the latest Windows 8.1 update released by Microsoft. If you have not updated Windows 8.1, click here to go to Microsoft's support page and learn how to install the update. In the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, you can group and organize all of your favorite apps, websites, files, and folders for quick and easy access. The below instructions will walk you through the different ways you can customize your app layout on the Start Screen. For the purposes of demonstration, we will be creating a Movies group for movie fans.

Creating A Group

  1. To begin setting up a group of apps, grab an app on the Start Screen and drag it to an empty space. This will create a new group.



  2. You can now build upon this grouping by grabbing similar apps and placing them below or next to the original app.



  3. If you would like to add apps that did not come pre-installed on your PC, you can click on the Microsoft App Store and add more apps.



  4. Some apps let you change the size that they are displayed. If you would like to change the size of an app, right click on the app and select Resize from the pop up menu.



  5. Select your preferred app size. You can select between Large, Wide, Medium, and Small.

    Not all apps can have their size altered, and not all sizes are available for all apps.



Adding Apps From The All Apps Screen

  1. Not all of the available apps are displayed on the main Start Screen. Click on the arrow located on the bottom right corner of the Start Screen to open the All Apps menu. You can also swipe up on touch screen models.



  2. All Apps displays all current apps that are available to be pinned to the Start Screen. Locate the app that you would like to pin to the Start Screen and right click on it. Select Pin to Start from the pop up menu. In this example, Windows Media Player has been pinned to the Start Screen.



  3. Press the Windows button on the keyboard to get back to the Start Screen. The newly pinned app will be located to the far right of the Start Screen. You can now grab and drag that app to your group.


Adding Your Favorite Website To The Start Screen

• The steps below use Internet Explorer because only the IE app currently has this functionality.
• Some websites that already have an app cannot be pinned through this method. Instead of pinning the website, you can locate the app in the Microsoft App Store.

  1. On the Start Screen, click on the Internet Explorer app.



  2. Type the name of your favorite website into the address bar and press Enter.


  3. Click on the star icon (Favorites) in the lower right corner.



  4. Click on the pin icon.



  5. In the window that appears, type the name you would like to display into the box and then click Pin to Start.



Adding Files And Folders To The Start Screen

You can also add files and folders that do not appear under all apps. Locate the file or folder you would like to add to the Start Screen. In this example, we will add the Videos library to the Start Screen. Right click on the file or folder you would like to add and click Pin to Start.



Naming Your Group

  1. Once your group has been created, all of your apps, websites, files and folders have been added and you have organized it the way you like, you can add a name to the group. To add a name, right click on the background of your Start Screen.


  2. Name groups pops up. Select this option.



  3. Click on Name group, located above your group and enter a name. Press Enter.



  4. Your group is now customized and named for easy access.



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