Windows 8: Create Tile Groups On the Start Screen

Currently, all apps in the Windows app store are free, while Windows 8 is in the Consumer Preview stage. If you download a lot and pin desktop items to the Metro Start screen, things get messy in a hurry. Here’s how to create groups of Metro tiles for clean organization.

Metro Start

From the Metro start screen, hover the mouse pointer in the lower right corner and click the magnifying glass icon.

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The icons on the Metro start screen are minimized. Right-click any of the existing groups. A green checkmark appears in the upper right corner of the group. A menu bar appears at the bottom, too; click Name Group.

select group

Now name the group whatever you want it to be called.

name Group
Then long press or click the icons you want to move into the groups you’ve created.

move icons

Click the Magnifying glass icon again, and you can move complete groups around for easier access.

Move Groups

After moving Metro tiles around, you’ll find that you can make as many different groups as you need. Having the ability to move complete groups around really helps to get faster access to them.


Organizing apps on the Metro start screen is great on a laptop or desktop PC. This comes in handy on a Windows 8 tablet, too.

This process is similar to keeping iOS apps organized with folders on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.



  1. Jamill

    June 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I dont have that magnifing glass at the bottom right-hand corner

  2. Charlie Skipp

    February 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Hello how do you define column widths?

    • Brian Burgess

      February 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

      The amount of tiles you add in each column, and whether you have a large tile or small one, will determine the width.

  3. Charlie Skipp

    February 10, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I get it now only even numbed

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