How to Create Live Tile Groups in Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10s Start menu contains live tiles which is new to Windows 7 users. To help you with managing them, here’s a look at arranging tiles into groups.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Windows 10 is returning the much-beloved Start menu. It’s a much better version than the Start screen offered in Windows 8.1.

While this version of the Start menu isn’t exactly how it was in Windows 7, it has a lot of benefits. Microsoft promotes it well by saying it gives you the familiarity of Windows 7 and the benefit of Windows 8’s live tiles. And to help you with those live tiles, here’s a look at arranging them into groups.

This is a helpful feature if you want to put specific apps in a group, or music or movies, and even favorite websites.

Windows 10 Start Menu Tile Groups

The easiest way to get started organizing your live tiles is to expand the Start menu so it’s a bit larger. Then select the area where you want to create a group. You will see Name group above the tile(s). Click on that and then give your group a name.

name group

In the example below I’m creating a group called “Productivity” and putting the apps I use to get work done in it.


If a tile is already on the Start menu, just drag it where you want. When you’re moving a tile, the rest of the Start menu fades in the background, with the focus being on the tile you’re moving. It’s just like moving your app icons around on your smartphone but with your mouse. Of course you can do this with your finger or stylus on a touchscreen device, too.

move tiles

To get everything in place you’ll probably need to pin some of your apps to the Start menu. To do that, go to All Apps, find the app you want and right-click > Pin to start.

pin to start

That’s all there is to it. In the shot below I have created a few groups so you have an idea of what you can do. All of the tiles are set to Medium, but you can resize and organize them for what works best for you.

Windows 10 tile groups start menu large

After you’re done organizing your groups, you can make the Start menu smaller to save space on the desktop. It’s worth mentioning that you can move entire groups of tiles to a different location, too.


You can pin a lot of different things to the Start menu in Windows 10. Check out the following articles for more:

Speaking of the Start menu, If you’re going to hold off a bit on upgrading to Windows 10, and are still on Windows 8.1, to get a more familiar Start menu, check out a third-party utility like Stardock’s Start8 or the free Classic Shell utility. And, if you can’t live without the Windows 7 Start menu, check out Start10 from Stardock, you get a free 30-day trial, and it’s only five bucks after that.

I have never really relied on the Start menu much in previous versions of Windows, but in Windows 10, I am finding it intuitive and actually fun to use. What do you think of the new Start menu in Windows 10?



  1. totohawk  

    Thank you for this great little intro and tips to start menu icons!!!

    Post an article if you’ve found a way to move desktop icons to other desktops on Windows 10 similar to moving apps on smartphones.

  2. Kate  

    So you said here that you made a new group, I’m wondering how to do that? I can’t seem to find any way at all to create a new header/group label/title. You said you did it, but how?

    • Rocco  

      Drag an icon to an empty area and it should auto make a new group

    • rivardadu  

      I finally figured it out too, it just wasn’t explicitly explained here.

      One first has to have an app IN the tile pane area.

      So, the first step is to click Start, All Programs, find the program/app shortcut, then click-drag it to copy it to a blank area in the tile pane, until you see a horizontal bar appear, then release the mouse button.

      Here is the trick that no one writes….

      While that horizontal bar hides itself from view, IT IS STILL THERE!

      So HOVER in the space immediately above the icon you just put into tile pane, and you’ll see the outline of the group name box appear.

      Click IN the box area, then a white text area appears, and you can type the group name that you desire.

      • Robert  

        This is spot on!. Why Microsoft can’t walk people through these simple steps is beyond me. Seems backwards. Why not have an option to create a Group first and then drag icons into the group?

  3. Brion  

    Hello. I am one of the minority that loved the windows 8 live tiles. I have a dual monitor setup and always had the start live tiles on teh right with the news, email, and all programs tiled how i wanted, On the left monitor i did my work and could drag stuff to the right screen if needed.

    Now, when I have tiles on the right screen, whenever I move to the screen and click on something they disappear.

    Any fix for that?

  4. Eric  

    Suggestions I see here for how to create a new group, along with test results on my system:

    * Click in open space. (Doesn’t work.)
    * Hover over area at top of open space. (Doesn’t work.)
    * Drag icon to open space. (Works.)

  5. Nathan Sokalski  

    Something that I would like to do (or maybe I should say not do) is name my group. I view the Live Tile area of the Start Menu as a place for my most commonly used apps, so I attempt to make it reasonably small and use only one group. Because it is only one group, I have no desire to name it, yet the area where the group name would be is still there (using up unnecessary space). Is there a way to create just one anonymous group that does not have or display a name?

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