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How to Move, Resize, Add, and Remove Tiles in Windows 10

Posted by Jamie on December 12, 2018

Whether you love them or hate them, tiles are an integral part of Windows 10. Fortunately for those of us who hate them, they are easy to get rid of, and for those of us who like them, they are easy to modify so as to better suit our needs. In this article, I will give you a brief tutorial on how to move, resize, and add tiles, and also how to get rid of them altogether.

Tiles, for the uninitiated, are the those colored squares you see when you click the Windows Start button. The ones with images or messages in then are called live tiles and are updated over the Internet. The flat ones with program icons in them are not live and will open the program associated with them.

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Move tiles in Windows 10

Moving tiles allows you to configure your start menu exactly how you want it and allows you to group tiles logically, or randomly as you see fit.

  1. Select the Windows Start button to open the menu.
  2. Select a tile and drag and drop it into place.
  3. Right click and select Resize to fit it in with the others.

Grouping is great if you plan to use a lot of tiles to keep your desktop organized. Very useful if you prefer tiles to desktop icons. Once moved, the tile will stay in place until you move or remove it.

  1. Select the Windows Start button to open the menu.
  2. Select a tile and drag and drop it into an empty space to create the group. A small horizontal bar should appear to denote a new group.
  3. Select the empty space above the group, click Name group to give it a meaningful name.

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Add tiles in Windows 10

Adding tiles in Windows 10 is as straightforward as moving them.

  1. Right click an application on the desktop, in Explorer or within the Start menu itself.
  2. Select Pin to Start.
  3. The icon will become a tile and appear with the other tiles in the Windows start menu.

Not all programs integrate seamlessly into the tile menu in Windows so may need a little ‘encouragement’ to fit in.

  1. Select the tile you just created.
  2. Right click and select Resize.
  3. Select a tile size that fits in with the surrounding tiles.

You can also drag and drop the tile into groups as above to create the look you want.

Turn off live tiles

If you like the tiles but don’t want live tiles constantly updating or being distracting you can turn them off to look just like the others.

  1. Select the Windows Start button to open the menu.
  2. Right click a live tile.
  3. Select Turn live tile off.

This turns a live tile into a static one, lowering distraction value by quite a lot.

Remove tiles altogether in Windows 10

The Windows 10 tile menu works for some but not for others. Personally, I never use them so have removed them completely. If you like the simple menu look, you can do the same.

  1. Select the Windows Start button to open the menu.
  2. Select each tile and click Unpin from Start.
  3. Repeat for all tiles.
  4. Place the mouse over the right edge of the Start menu and drag it across until only the main menu can be seen and let go.

This removes tiles and brings back the traditional Windows menu. While it isn’t as colorful as having tiles, it isn’t as distracting either. Plus, if you’re using a tablet, not having live tiles means (ever so slightly) lower data usage.

Create your own live tiles in Windows 10

If you really like tiles and want to make your own, you’re in luck. There used to be a Microsoft app called TileCreator that allowed you to create new tiles, but Microsoft pulled it without explanation a while back. However, third-party hackers have cobbled together a tile editor called TileIconifier and it’s available here.

  1. Download and install TileIconifier.
  2. Create your tile and add it to the Start menu.
  3. Use the tile.

As you can see, there is a lot you can do both with the Windows desktop and with the tiles in the Start menu. If you have the patience and creativity, it is possible to create something truly original and personal.

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