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How To Customize Default Windows 8 Apps

One of the neat things you can do with the Windows 8 “Modern Apps” – formerly called Metro – is customize them to display the information you want. Here’s a look at customizing News, Weather, Finance and Sports apps.

Launch the app you want to customize from the Windows 8 Start screen. Here I’m starting with News. Right click on the screen or if you’re using a tablet, swipe from the top of the screen down. Then select the parts of the app you want to customize. Here I’m choosing My News.

My News

Scroll over the right and select Add a Section.

News Add Section

Now you can add virtually any topic as a section to the news feed. You can add a section that’s as broad or specific that’s available.

Add Apple News Section

After adding a section it will show on your in the News app.

News Section Added

Or, you can add different sources for various categories to the News app.

New Section Sources

Sports, Finance and Weather work the same way, with different types of customizations you can do in each one. To find what’s available just right click or swipe down on the Screen. Here’s the customizations available for Sports.

Favorite Sports Team

What’s neat is you can drill down the Sports news for only your favorite teams.

Teams Added

Or with Weather you can add different locations.

Weather Places

Weather Favorites

Or you can check out current weather conditions from around the globe.

World Weather

Here’s an example of the types of customizations you can add to the Finance App. Handy if you want to add certain stocks to your Watchlist.

Finance Custom Options

This is just a few example of the customizations you can do with the default Windows 8 apps. Play around with them and you’ll have quick access to the important information you need.


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