Tech Problem Aggregator

How can I turn it into a metro tile?

Q: How can I turn it into a metro tile?

I've unistall the email app, How can I turn it into a metro tile?

A: How can I turn it into a metro tile?

Hello Asus,

I'm not sure what you are wanting. Could you post back with more details?

If you uninstalled the "Mail" app, then it will no longer be on the Apps screen since it's been uninstalled. Where you wanting to restore the Mail app?

13 more replies
Answer Match 78.12%

I have a new HP Windows 8 Pavillion Desktop. This morning when I click on any Metro page tile it flips as if going to Mail or People or Weather, etc. then flips right back to the Metro page. I called HP and they say it's corrupted and I have to call MS? I did this "refresh" thing once with this pc and lost more than I care to lost again. Isn't there something that can be done to fix this? Thanks great for any help! Jack ":-\

BTW, I checked restore points. Apparently by default it's not turned on. I though I had plenty of restore points as Advanced System Care by iObit reports every time I delete a program from their unistall programs feature that it is creating a restore point. Apparently not. So I can't try a restore point. I did turn it ON however. Again,

A:Click on Metro tile .. flips .. right back to Metro Page ?

Hi jack...I had the exact same thing last night. Almost all the apps did that. Some however still work. The uninstall/reinstall seems to fix those apps that have the problem. I think the issue began right after I downloaded and installed the "Patch Tuesday" Windows Updates. Have not uninstalled all those updates yet to see if they are the cause. Did you by any chance get the updates??

2 more replies
Answer Match 68.04%

I've been reading on how to set color of the metro tiles. Curious question:
How does one create a custom tile for their application?

All the metro apps have cool tiles. When I create one visual studio 11, all I get is the standard black box with the star and the app title.

Anyone know how these app developers get the cool looking tiles with graphics, wording and stuff?

A:Metro tile maddness

That is something I would like to know too. Maybe somebody knows.

12 more replies
Answer Match 68.04%

Is there a way to nest or embed Metro tiles so they act like folders? For example, Microsoft Office deposits at least eight tiles on my Start Screen. I rarely use any but Word and Excel, so I would like simply a generic "MS Office" tile that, when clicked, gives me all of the Office tiles.

I know I can make a folder from a bunch of shortcuts and then pin that folder to the Start Screen, but I'm looking for something that stays within the realm of Metro Tiles.

A:Metro Tile Nesting?

Originally Posted by patrickd314

I'm looking for something that stays within the realm of Metro Tiles.

This is probably not what you had in mind, but this is Windows 8.

4 more replies
Answer Match 68.04%

If a windows 8 compatible app does not have a metro design. Is the app allowed to have a tile?

A:no metro design but can the app have a tile?

Hi, seasonss, welcome to the Eight Forums!

Yep, see here:

windows 8 install on older laptop

1 more replies
Answer Match 67.62%

i really want a way to change the metro UI tile icons because I really don't like when you pin a desktop application its icon is small and it has text above it, I just want a big icon! can anyone help?!

A:Is there a way you can change the metro UI tile icons?!

Hello Jamster, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Only the Metro apps have tiles. Programs, folders, or drives that are pinned to the Start screen are just shortcuts instead. I'm not aware of any way to make them look like metro app tiles.

2 more replies
Answer Match 67.62%

I was wondering if anyone had a solution to this tile arrangement problem I've been having in Metro. Basically, when I try to position a tile below another tile, or beside, above, etc., it auto snaps back to a position I don't want, or one that takes up more screen real estate for no friggin' reason I can fathom. Here's a screenshot showing what I'm talking about:

If I try to move the Malware Bytes icon below Speccy, it will put the Speccy icon where Malware Bytes used to be. It will not allow me to put it below Speccy or arrange the icons in a more concise grid. This is really annoying when working with multiple tiles and tile groups. Does anyone know how to fix this behaviour? Would greatly appreciate any advice!

A:Annoyance with Metro tile arrangement

Yeah that is annoying. I wish we could turn off snap to grid or whatever it's called. It seems to work better if there is an even amount of tiles per section.

3 more replies
Answer Match 67.62%

How do I set a home page for IE with the IE Metro Tile? I don't see an option for that. When I click on the Internet Explorer Tile, I want it to open to a specified Home Page.


A:Metro IE Tile - Home Page

For the IE App, I just typed in the URL for what ever homepage I wanted at the bottom of the page in the white area, or use the Bing box to search for it. After that go to the right and click on the "pin" to pin down the page.

3 more replies
Answer Match 66.78%

media center working metro tile for photos doed not why notadded several folders but nothing showing in the app

A:Windows 10 Metro photo tile app not working

Found the answer, the setting for opening a JPG file, must be set to open with 'Photos' as Default' , all is wellThanks

2 more replies
Answer Match 66.78%

I am having a small problem with the metro mail tile. When someone sends me an email with a link to a website, and I click on it, it opens up in the "metrofied" version of chrome. I would prefer it to open in the desktop version. I am fairly certain that my default web browser is the desktop version of chrome. How do I check what my default browser is, or does anyone know a way to fix this? Thanks.

A:Metro Mail Tile and email links.

You can configure Chrome to always open in desktop mode. There is a registry setting that I can't seem to find at the moment. Someone else may be able to find it.

2 more replies
Answer Match 66.78%

Where do I start? I still love XP but I guess since I've been purchasing computers since 1988 I should have learned nothing is static about computers. Somehow I uninstalled the MAIL tile from the Metro Screen. I went to the MS Store but didn't see it there. Did I also uninstall the whole feature?

Also, these lame replacements from, Yahoo and Gmail. I guess there's nothing we can do now to send really nice emails with graphics such as we could with Outlook using Word as our editors?

Is Thunderbird a good replacement and how does that work?

I cannot find a Gmail app at the store although I found a Yahoo app. How lame these programs look. I don't even see a place for contacts ... yet!

I appreciate your help and I'm afraid you may see me here often. After using XP for 6 years and knowing all the tips and tricks and how to get into and around all issues, 8 makes me feel like a newbie all over again. Hate it!

Thanks, jack

A:Wow! From 6 years of XP to Windows 8. OS Shock. Metro Tile

Hi Jack!

Welcome to Eightforums!

The MAIL tile is part of the "Agenda, Mail and persons" tile. So search on "Agenda" and you should be able to find it.

Isn't it great that Microsoft can even make the 'nerds' feel like they are newbie all over again? I loved the feeling myself! Beeing able to search the net for an answer to an obvious easy question. The feeling that you have to find it all out again. To be able to make the journey again..... I'm loving every minute of Windows 8!

So, my advise to you is. Don't give up. Give Windows 8 a change. Don't hate it that you feel like a newbie all over again. Love every second of it, because it probably will be another few decades before you can experience it again.

And, if you have any questions ==> ask everybody at this forum!

18 more replies
Answer Match 66.78%

I try to develop a metro app (html5, javascript) which is a link to a website (for example ? Espargar?: "Aprilia will be the bike to beat among the CRTs"). On the tile I would like to show te latest news item so that I don't visit the website when nothing has changed.
Is there a way to achieve this?

More replies
Answer Match 66.78%

Anyone found a work around for this? very often listen to streaming music from web, and browsing and switching tabs is fine, but everytime you access the start screen or another app, the audio is not resumed until you click back into browser... is there no override?

More replies
Answer Match 66.78%

First, download & install OblyTile:

Download OblyTile

The download link is a bit down the page:

Next, add the Tile name.

Then, in the Program Path add this:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\<USER_NAME GOES HERE>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

My User Name is medab1, so my Program Path is:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\medab1\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

In Tile Image, Browse to find an image you want to appear on the Tile.

After choosing one its address will appear in the Tile Image textarea.

There are color choices for Background & Text Color.

The new Desktop Tile will take you directly to the Desktop when clicked.


A:How to make a custom Desktop Tile for Metro

Wow, I just press the Esc key and it does just the same
However I do use Obly for other Metro tiles.

5 more replies
Answer Match 66.78%

I am having a small problem with the metro mail tile. When someone sends me an email with a link to a website, and I click on it, it opens up in the "metrofied" version of chrome. I would prefer it to open in the desktop version of chrome. I am fairly certain that my default web browser is the desktop version of chrome. How do I check what my default browser is, or does anyone know a way to fix this? Thanks.

A:Metro Mail Tile and email links.

If you are accessing your mail through the Metro email App the links will open up in Metro IE or what ever you are using for a browser in Metro. I don't see any settings to change this behavior.

You may need to install a desktop version of the Email client in order for the links to open in desktop browsers, I'm not sure which email client you are using.

I can access my Hotmail account directly from desktop IE without having to install anything else by just going to Favorites lower right and clicking on the Hotmail link. You may be able to do this for Gmail and others not sure.

Since I'm already signed into my Windows Live account my mail connects directly from desktop IE and email links open up in desktop IE as usual.

2 more replies
Answer Match 65.94%

Hello pals, recently as I was multitasking on my HP W8 Pro I found my Metro UI had been corrupted or I might have done some CCleaner corruption ...
Any help?

A:Metro UI missing SOME tile icons and ALL ICONīS TEXT! HELP

Hello Amoled,

You could see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may help.

Hope this helps.

7 more replies
Answer Match 65.94%

As you might know, the Windows 8 Modern UI is optimized for all types of display resolutions. Windows 8 will automatically adjust the number of tile row according to the display size. However, if you want to manually increase or decrease the tile row, Windows 8 doesn?t provides an option, but with a simple tool called Metro Scaler, you can increase or decrease the tile rows.


A Guy

More replies
Answer Match 59.64%

I upgraded to the CP a few days ago and just noticed a huge problem. The "Show Desktop" tile that is normally on the start screen be default has gone missing. I can't figure out how I got rid of it in the first place, but is there some way to add it back?

EDIT: I have changed the title to more accurately reflect the problem. A bunch of the features that come with Windows 8 CP (the tablet friendly Settings page, Remote Desktop, the show desktop tile, The Windows Store, etc) all vanished shortly after I installed Windows 8. I tried reinstalling and the same thing happened again. If anyone else is having this issue, let me know.

A:Can't find "show desktop" tile on Metro start screen

Go to the start screen and just type Desktop. The first screen shown below should appear with the Desktop listed. Right click on the desktop icon and re-pin it to your start screen using the option at the bottom of the screen. Below it shows only 'unpin' as I have not deleted the desktop icon from my own Start page.

20 more replies
Answer Match 59.22%

I can't seem to turn on live tile for my weather app. When I right click on it, there is no option at the bottom of the screen to turn it on.

Compared to the photos app, it is currently running live tile by default, and when I right click on it, I can toggle live tile on and off.

Is there something special I need to do with the weather app to activate live tile?

A:Cannot turn on live tile for weather app

Hello Pauleduc,

Double check to make sure that the Windows Time service is enabled, and that your system time is set accurately and synced.

You could also do this by opening an elevated command prompt, then typing the commands below and press Enter after each one.
net start w32time

w32tm /resync

Afterwards, see if you have the "Turn live tile on/off" option.

Apps - Turn Live Tiles On or Off in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

3 more replies
Answer Match 59.22%

Gradually getting my head around W8 CP, however after a recent reboot the tile for "desktop" is now gone under metro.

Any ideas how to restore? If I right click and browse all apps it isn't present.

Having navigated to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" I can't see a desktop shortcut there but I'm fairly sure there was one before. If someone could give me the information to recreate it as it appears on their system it would be most appreciated!



A:Lost "Desktop" shortcut/tile in Metro UI

Hello CDJay, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you can use the "Show Desktop" shortcut at the link below to pin to your "Start" screen that will work like the default "Desktop" one.

Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Forums

In addition, you should also have a Desktop link in the "Desktop Tools" menu that you could use to open the desktop.

Hope this helps some,

17 more replies
Answer Match 58.8%

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I turned off live tile for the People app from the Start screen. When I turned it back on the images are not rotating (it still things it's off). I rebooted my computer a couple times and still does not work. Any way to resolve this? Thanks.

More replies
Answer Match 52.92%

I am using windows 8.1 RTM version.
I cannot find my desktop tile or the store app anymore. I have tried searching with the search charm too. I checked various users and they are not there either. Some desktop programs have gone missing too

I will appreciate any help from you guys

A:My desktop tile and store tile has disappeared Windows 8.1

Do they show up in the Apps view, Apps Screen - Open in Windows 8 , if they do then just pin them back to the start screen.

4 more replies
Answer Match 52.08%

I am new to Windows 8, and on the tile display, when I touch a tile, i.e. the weather tile, a black screen appears with in the middle; this lasts about a second, then the tile window display reappears. I would expect that the website would appear, but it never does. Other tiles act the same way, but some apps are executed when the tile for them is touched.
Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong?

A:When a tile is touched it returns to tile display in a sec

Hello Auricman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if going through the troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help for now.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

11 more replies
Answer Match 46.62%

I need some help!

I lost the Desktop app in the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen. I can replace it with a show desktop shortcut but I was looking to get the original Desktop app back.

Can anyone assist? I searched the internet with no luck.



A:Help! - Lost Desktop Metro Icon in Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

Search for Desktop on the Windows Start screen. RIght click on the resulting Desktop search result and specify to pin to the start menu.

16 more replies
Answer Match 46.2%

I notice non-metro app icons are small. Is there way to make it big like Metro apps? Thanks!

More replies
Answer Match 45.36%

IE Metro tile is missing from my metro start screen. It's not in the 'all apps' list either. when I go to program default, it is set as the default browser. I went through all the checks in the tutorial on here, but at best, I can only get the desktop IE tile to pin to start. I would rather have the metro version tile on my start.

A:IE10 Metro app not available in my Metro start screen

Hello Ababb, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Double check through all the options in the tutorial again, and make sure that Internet Explorer is set as the default program with all of it's associations.

Hope this helps for now,

2 more replies
Answer Match 45.36%

From my authored social.technet post: Update 1 - Cannot close Metro App and Stay in Metro UI
(Using a non touchscreen Laptop)

...."Whereas before (Update) I could go to the Metro UI start a metro program, then suspend it by dragging the window to the bottom of the screen, and then I would return to the Metro UI start screen.
"Now if I go to Metro, run a metro app, then close the app, I get kicked back to the traditional desktop.
The behavior before Update 1 was such that I could stay in Metro after closing a Metro app. Now no matter what I do, including unchecking the "when I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of start" in the taskbar properties, I get kicked back to the desktop."

....Answer by a reader: I found the fix after suffering from the same problem. If you check "Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar", when you close a modern app, you will always return to the desktop, regardless of whether you have "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start" checked or not. Uncheck the "Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar" and then it will work as you expect.
....Answer by Microsoft:

...Closing app behavior is determined by both "Boot to desktop" and "Modern app & taskbar" settings

...As we designed Windows 8.1 Update, we wanted to introduce a number of changes for mouse and keyboard users that would help them use and switc... Read more

A:8.1 Update - Cannot close Metro App and Stay in Metro UI

you just want us to read it or you have a problem .. still?

6 more replies
Answer Match 40.32%

Couldn't seem to find an answer to this by searching, apologies if it has been asked in different wording.

Basically, most apps when I launch them from Metro UI, switches to the standard Desktop and opens it there.

Is it possible to get them to open over the top of the Metro UI instead? Otherwise it feels like I am using two different OS's at the same time; driving me nuts.

I don't mind the Metro UI as I use my PC is an HTPC, but it does not feel like my programs are integrated with one another.

I guess what I'm asking is how can I disable the desktop completely so I only have the Metro UI as the underlying layer?

A:How to keep non metro apps on top of metro UI?

I assume you are referring to the new Start Screen. It has tiles for Metro Apps and Desktop Apps. If you click on a Metro App it opens in its own window. When you click on a Desktop App it opens in the Desktop. Its just a big Menu screen.


8 more replies
Answer Match 37.38%

Hope I am in the right area...

I have the app The Weather Channel. I would like to watch 3 different cities near me for the weather. I have the app setup with all three but all I can see is one city at a time.

Is there a way to create 3 live tiles of the same weather App and each tile have the weather for a different city?


More replies
Answer Match 36.96%

would some one be willing to make this graphic into a seamless tile for me. I keep getting the "to close to edge error" I change it but can't accomplish what I need. Or explain to me what it is I need to do so I can make seamless tiles myself. I tried to follow various tutors but my brain is not functioning....

A:seamless tile

15 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Not really sure if i should post this here or in a different forum. If this is incorrect it can be moved.

I need a seamless tile made up. I tried to make one but it doesn't seem to like me much. Not my fortay i guess...

I need a faded blue to white. I do not want blue anywhere but on the right column. When I do it it does not come out seamless.

The graphic is what I would like. I tried to use what I posted to make it seamless but it defiantly came out funky.
Any one board and would like to make one for me?

A:seamless tile.........

14 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

The only thing keeping me from upgrading to Windows 7 is:

See attachement.

Does anyone now a solution. I now, I could not have tile view, but it's what I am used to.

A:Tile View

To be honest I don't think theres a way of doing that just yet unless theres a 3rd party file manager that I don't know of yet.


1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

What is the best digital clock tile that updates fast and works well

More replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Just a quickie for you expert people out there

I have my tiles and have unpinned the ones i don't want. Now, i am left with Mail and Calendar.
Trouble is i don't have (don't tell anyone) a MS email and don't want one, i am on Gmail - is there any way i can edit the properties of that tile so that when i click the Email icon it will open my Email client as it does on the main desktop?
I've had a look at the right click options of the icon on my main desktop but it doesn't say "pin to start" - which is what i want it to do....

Any ideas??

Thanks so much in advance.

A:Tile Customization

You can use Obly Tile to create your own Gmail Tile.

Download OblyTile 0.8.8 Free - Design tiles for your Windows 8 Start Screen - Softpedia

5 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I've been putting URL shortcuts into my Apps Menu but it doesn't always give me a good name for it. For example, I go to and created a shortcut by clicking on the IE11 gear, then clicking Add Site to Apps; but when it puts it on my Apps Menu, it gives it a title of "Member Logon for Entertainment Coupons", when all I wanted was "Entertainment Coupons".

Regards, Patric

A:Hot to Rename a Tile

Right click the shortcut >> Open file location >> now right click the shortcut there and select properties.

Enter the name you would like in the box highlighted below:


3 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

whenever my pc restarts the desktop bg image is set to tiles (instead of stretch). why is this happening and how do i stop it from changing?

A:desktop bg changes to tile

Have you tried going to the control panel, then appearance and themes, then display, then desktop.Set it to stretch then hit apply and ok that should do it.

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I just installed windows 8 Pro on desktop, now in metro start screen, I click on the music tile go through to find some music I want to listen to and when it plays it opens this Xbox music thing. Why and is this normal?

A:music tile

LoL.. sheeples.. Xbox+metro= multiple platform support = phones that become the laptops (docking) = app store = revenue channel.
They thought this through while they were high on cocaine and champagne like every good corporate meeting.
It will take a awhile for competitors to build placement tiles since they have to learn the new interface and recompile their code.
MS's main competitor is Apple. Ms = Xbox+hyper visor, Pc = Steam, Apple = Riaa + Mpaa.

I remember when the FBI was busting down doors because people where using betamax to copy broadcasted tv shows, beating the children and shooting their dogs. Criminals = whatever stops the money flowing to the appointed authorities.

I wonder if they sell folk music on Xbox music center, hahahahaha... I'm like the 1 guy that searched for it.
I guess the old timers still prefer a smokey bar with live music.

Try installing Winamp for a push and forget solution, not that I like lamas or anything, but they are fun to pet.
You are probably wanting streaming music, and there has never been a convergence of streaming music stations.
Except shoutcast and a few other .com's. Someone will have to converge all their API's into one app without pissing someone off, which is VERY VERY VERY hard to do.

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I wish to create a tile from a shortcut on the metro start screen windows 8.1

Can you tell me how to create one



A:Shortcut to tile

Hello Jeff,

Which app is this for? I may already have one available in a tutorial if it's a default app.

Starting in Windows 8.1.1 when released on April 8th, you will be able to also pin modern apps to the taskbar.

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

This is just my OCD kicking in however, I am wondering if their is a way of re-colouring a program tile of a program?

A:Tile customising

Sure there is. Depends on what you need.
You could use oblytile and / or create your own or change personalization to high contrast.
Can do, with Paint Shop, Xara, Oblytile, etc...

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Hello fellow humans!!

Alright, so I was wondering what my Main Panel on my Star Screen is missing but I couldn't figure it out.. Until I wanted to check the time. Usually, I would just do a double finger gesture on my Microsoft Touch Mouse and boom, time shows. Or just check the time when I'm already on desktop mode. This time however, my batteries ran out and I was on my Start Screen wondering what the time was. Oh, yea, I was super lazy too. So I wondered why didn't Microsoft make a time/clock app yet? It would make perfect sense to have one. Nonetheless, I know we can't always have everything.. So I'm asking you guys, are you using any apps for this exact reason? Have you got any suggestions? All I want is a tile with the time shown all over it.. No need for other information, like date or anything, just the time.. I'm asking you because, well, I don't know, I just like posting here instead of reading reviews for every single app in the store.

Thanks in advance!!

A:Time Tile

Hello Wael,

If you like, you could press the Windows + C keys to see the clock anytime and anywhere in Windows 8.

Hope this helps,

12 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I do like Win7 so far (compared to XP), but one of the things I'm missing is the "Tile vertically" function (you know, where you can select a few programs in the taskbar and make them automatically fit on the screen together).

Is it really no there or am I just overlooking it?

Thanks in advance!

A:Tile vertically

aero snap sort of replicates this feature, where you drag a window to the edge of the screen.

or try playing with windows key + arrow keys.

i know it's not quite the same, maybe other forum users will improve on this idea...

6 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I opened two internet explorer windows by clicking the shortcuts on the quick launch bar.

I tiled these windows vertically ( windows xp home edition ).

I right clicked on the task bar and clicked on the undo tile option.

This appeared to work - however clicking the internet shortcuts on the quick launch bar on another day produced a window of tile size.

Any attempt to change the the window size permanently fails.

Re- opening the windows from the quick launch bar results in the the original tile size.

Any suggestions please ?



A:Cannot undo tile

6 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Do like tiles use cpu when the start page is not visible?

A:Give tile cpu use?

I would suspect they do, but very little if so. It would show up as a process in windows task manager as one of the main CPU suckers if it used a lot. May be hidden behind another windows process

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Really dumb the heck do I add a tile to the Metro GUI. I can move them around and remove them, but I can't for the life of me figure out to add a new one.

A:Adding a tile...?

I found when you install a new program a tile is created, you can then move it to where you want it.
Also when using IE in the Metro you can pin a site as a tile, just right click and choose the pushpin icon to create a tile to pin to the Metro screen.

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I have the Nokia 625 and had a picture on one of the tiles on the start screen (I think that is what it is called) I have had to replace the tile but cannot find out or remember how to place a picture on the tile.

More replies
Answer Match 36.96%

When I pin the Crome exe to start menu all is well, but if I change the size to small it will lose the icon and tile is faded? Anyone have a fix for this?

A:No icon on tile

I need a fix for this as well. It showed up fine until i updated to the November Update. Now when sized to small the icon goes away and the tile becomes faded. I would definitely like a fix for this.

6 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

In the Tutorial section, there is one as "How to Minimize the Windoes Exlporer "Ribbon"". Right after I installed W8 two days ago, I also downloaded "Windows 8 BluePoison" and by using this, I "unlock hidden features". From then on I no longer see the "Tiles". Windows Explorer is just like that of W7 and it has not "Ribbon".

I am just curious to know how I can get that Tiles back and see "Ribbon" on Windows Explorer.

A:Tile and Ribbon ???

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and
modify the RPEnabled key to a “1” which will set it back to default.

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

can you change your profile pic on Facebook
view communication from all of your social networks
post a message, check in or, set a chat status?
or All of the above

More replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I just purchased a new hp portable with windows 8. I have used every version of windows since 95 except for Vista and windows7.  My personal favorite is XP Pro since my system is used 90% for business use and xp is so easy to compartment and navigate.  I know that win8 has be confused but I will succeed.  My first desire is to disable the live tile desktop and use the conventional desktop only.  Is there a way and does this hurt the system

A:tile desktop

I use this from our Tutorials Section.

Windows 8 no longer includes the traditional Start Menu that Windows users have become associated with using..........With this in mind, a free program called Classic Shell has been updated to support the ability to add a Start Menu to Windows 8.

Good Luck

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

When I open my mail tile, it does not show my entire inbox? How do I view my entire inbox?

A:Mail Tile

Click on the Inbox and a message below your last email will say "To get messages older than one month, go to settings." and click on it and it will take you to mail settings which will show up on the right side of the screen. There will be a pulldown menu <Download mail from> and select <Anytime>

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Can anyone tell me how to personalize a tile that shows up on the screen when you turn on the computer?

A:How to personalized a tile

Like this ? ---

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Hey guys!
I have a weird problem with my Chrome and I hope someone can help me:
When I first installed Windows 8 there was the IE tile, with lighter blue background and white icon. Then I installed Chrome, at first start I used it as my default browser, mostly in W8 mode, sometimes in desktop mode, but it always had the grey background tile with the Chrome icon. I wanted to make new tiles for my non-metro apps with OblyTile, and because I use IE sometimes I made one for that too, but after that my Chrome tile became a standard non-metro style tile with blue bg and smaller icon, using it first opens the desktop then the metro-mode chrome, and the original IE tile (I kept it from the beginning) reversed to the original, blue bg, white icon style, but Chrome is the default browser.

Can you help me to reverse Chrome to the gray bg tile and make it open the metro-mode without first opening the desktop?

Thanks in advance!

A:Chrome tile

Why not just try to do an in-place reinstall of Chrome for starters and see what happens?

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

I tried to pin a desktop shortcut of msconfig system app as tile to the start metro screen but refuses to pin.
It doesn't even exists 'Pin to Start screen' selection when i right click the shortcut. What should i do?
I even copied the shortcut to the 'All Apps' folder and appeared on the left to the up and down app list but i can't
drag to start screen as tile.

A:Pin msconfig as tile

In the All Apps menu>> Windows administrative tools>> choose System Configuration & right click that.
Or you can do it from Control Panel:

7 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

Is it possible to rotate a large tile on the start page 90 degrees to form a vertical tile so i can add a vertical photo.

Regards Dom

A:Vertical Tile


1 more replies
Answer Match 36.96%

]Hi, I've just upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 and have tried to set up my email address but when I open the mail tile it has message NOT YET SYNCED - I don't really know what this means.
Every email address I've tried either says can't get mail or outlook tells me it can't find it.
I've tried everything I can (following lots of info on websites and microsoft's own "help page").
I don't really want to have to open a browser every time I want to look at or send mail.
I want the notification message and the ping!
I'm a bit of a novice so can anyone help me PLEASE.

A:Outlook app (tile)

Hello Eileen and welcome

I'm assuming you are using the new W10 mail app. If you click on its settings (cog icon at bottom left) you can access Manage accounts and select the outlook mail account to reach the box as shown below:

Then you can select Change mailbox sync settings and scroll down to turn on the Email sync.

This is the first thing to check but my apologies if you have already done this.

0 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I just recently installed W8. is my only email source. I created a tile but it isn't live and it doesn't look the same and doesn't seem to have all the features that the web based version has. I'm trying to have the web based program on the W8 Start screen so I don't have at it open in a browser. What am I missing here?

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Should Windows end its live tile? I've recently got rid of them - so to speak. They're still on the screen but not visible. I've just got the icon's for each app I use. The screen looks clean and light and seems to react a bit quicker. Anyway having done so I realised its just not necessary to have those floating tiles - more Window(s) dressing than practical. What do other users think?

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I recently upgraded to 8.1 (actually, made a clean install), and everything seems to be working as designed. Except, on the Start Screen, although all the other apps show live tiles, the Weather app does not, showing only a plain blue background with the word "Weather" on it. The live tile feature is definitely turned on for this app.

Is anyone else experiencing this? Is there a fix for it?

A:Weather app - no live tile?

Here's what I have:

I don't know if it is normal or not.

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Does anyone know how to remove this hideous orange/black tile from my start screen?

A:Switch Apps Tile


2 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

All of a sudden I can not get the Tile Windows function to work.
I clik in Taskbar, clik tile Vertically, screen jumps and nothing happens, but there then is the Undo Tile option. Same for Horizontal, Cascade. Was working for me yesterday. Wot happened?

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Recently I have been unable to access my hotmail email account from the tiles. When I left click it does not respond but when I right click I have options that do not involve seeing my emails.

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I can easily make my own icons for the tiles, but how would I apply said icons so that it looks like a nativly supported metro app instead of just an old icon?

A:Customize Tile Icons

OblyTiles is what you need.

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

hullo a new member and i need not a techy person yet.
everytime i open my laptop the windows tile cascades a hundred times. what do i do? HELP PLEAAAASE!?

A hapless helpless techy wannabe


A:windows tile cascades

What are the windows that are opening...a program, a file folder, something else?

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Does anyone other than me think this would work for controlling the All apps screen?
It's nothing more than our Programs folder on the screen with all subfolders displayed.
Like others, I think we should have an option to have them all collapsed into the title bar. Or to pick which ones we want pinned to the All apps board. As well as the Start screen.

In example below

1.- I showed a customized All apps

2.- then installed Microsoft Works which gave a popout

3.-clicked the title bar ? made choice to pin Word Processor & Spreadsheet to Start screen & Not to hide them on the All apps screen

4.- Shows those 2 programs plus a tile saying 4 more programs available (Get Started, Database, Calendar & Portfolio)

A:All apps tile control

Yeah, that would make the "Apps" screen more user friendly.

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Trying to resize some of my tiles on the Windows 10 start menu. I have added Outlook 2016 and want to set it to Wide but the only options are Small & Medium.

How do I get all the options on the resize?

A:Tile Size limited

Size options are limited to certain Apps only, default Apps all can be resized to 4 different sizes but the ones we add to Start only have two options.
EDIT: Have a look at this tutorial:Tiles - Resize on Windows 10 Start Menu - Windows 10 Forums

0 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%


How many photos does the photo tile app allow on the start screen? I'm asking this as I'm finding no matter how many photos I import the app only displays 5 or 6 photos, is this all it displays?

If not, is there a work around for it?

Thanks for any help

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

IE 11  will not open from the start screen in the apps. So , I can not see my frequents  or see the star to click to my favorites. From start screen, can only open IE in desktop, but does not show place to "search" in the middle
of the screen, but at the very top in a smaller search space. Below is a larger search space for BING.  I can use IE 11 in the desktop. I am using Windows 8. Main problem is that I can not get to the App view. I did take out the Skype a few days ago that
came with Window 8. Have set a time about 6 hours from now to download Windows 10. I had tried earlier today, but would not work. Program said other updates were being entered, and could not do both at same time. I am planning to download the latest Skype
in a few days.

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Do you know of an easy way to change the colour of the User Tile border?

A:User Tile Border

I take it you mean on the login screen? I've wanted to change that for so long, but it's picky with the transparency and such. I guess you'd need to find a way to patch authui.dll, and then reshack it. If only I knew of a good patch or hex edit or something.

9 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I already know how to change the tile size for stuff like the store, internet explorer, etc. But for unofficial apps like Firefox, how would I do it? There has to be a program out there that can do this...

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I would like to assign image files to a few of the Start Screen Tiles. Su far, I am only able to do so with the Photos tile. Is it possible to assign images to others?

A:Change Tile Image

Hello jds4000. Welcome to the Eight Forums.
There are a couple of programs in the Store that you can use to customize tiles. - not free -

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hello, I thought that with Windows 8.1 the Netflix app would be updated with Live Tile and all that good stuff, but so far, I only noticed that it supports the new big tile format, but it is useless when it doesn't have a live tile

I am asking about this, because I did saw a video with the Netflix app having a working live tile (It was some Microsoft employee video). Could it be in the works with an update to come? What do you think? Would you like to have a live tile for Netflix?

Thanks in advance!

A:Netflix App: Live Tile?

Doesn't your Netflix tile show your recent usage in a live tile?

8 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hello windows 8 forum,

I'm wandering if I can find its folder directory. After I followed similar tutorial with the hope is there but quite disappointed. There no games tile associated with other tiles there. Can you tell me where I can find it? Thank you.

A:Games Tile is missing

Hello Botard,

Double check to see if the Games app is on your Apps screen.

If so, then you could just "Pin to Start" it.

If not, then you should be able to reinstall the "Xbox Games" back from "Your apps" in the Store.
Apps - Install Metro Apps from Windows 8 Store
Hope this helps,

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hey guys,

Are there any apps that provide a battery status as a live tile and in the taskbar? The only app I could find so far is batter bar however, in my opinion, it looks quite ugly.

Thank you for your help.

A:Battery Tile and Taskbar App

Go to the Windows Store and type battery status. You will find a number of them there.

4 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Looks like I have found another forum to read while at work

I have set things up and added a hotmail account and things worked fine even though the hotmail screen seemed to lack in inforamtion as in win 7

So tried to connect to Outlook .com with no success (my lack of ability) maybe now I have lost the mail tile somehow and cannot find a way to restore it

When I restore it can someone help me to use with the tiles ...............................Please
Not sure about win 8 at the mo

A:Lost my Mail Tile

click charms, search, apps, mail or right click on start screen to bring up all apps, locate mail and pin to start screen

7 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hi, i was wondering if there was any way I could get a battery tile?

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hokey Smokes, Folks, I clicked on the tile for Windows Store, and it has a variety of free game and other free apps.

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

So I understand that the photo app gets my photos from my picture library and then just randomly scrolls through them, however there is a specific folder of photo that I don't want to be shown. Is there a way to make it so it doesn't show that folder when flicking through the various photo I have or do I have to move the folder to another location?

A:Live photo tile

Take it out of My Pictures (e.g., just put it in your C: User folder--top level--like My Pictures) and give it a non-picture related name (not sure if that's necessary). I have some snips that I don't want to see on my start screen, and that's what I do--use a folder named Snips.

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Today i unistalled a program i no longer wanted to use but to tile remained on the start menu and it won't unpin or delete. Any ideas.

A:Program Tile Won't Delete

It'll probably disappear on it's own after a couple of reboots.
The Windows 10 OS is still very VERY buggy and can't be relied on for stability or ease of function.

Have you tried this?
File Explorer History - Clear in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Unistalled hp connected music, but now I have the icon in start menu. Clicking on it only opens install/uninstall window. How do I remove this orphaned tile?


A:Remove orphaned tile

Right click-Delete on classic shell.
Unpin from Start in metro.

A screen shot would help of when you right click the tile.(options at bottom of screen)

13 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I right click on the .exe file in the file manager and select Pin to Start Menu. The Tile appears and works. However, the next time I log on that tile has disappeared. Any ideas on what's happening?

A:Tile missing on every logon

What is the executable you are trying to pin?

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

My computer slowed down...a ton lately, and it is tossing up random tiled-pictures when I try to click on links, or address bar, etc. I do not think I have a virus, I have ran lots of scans. I would like to know if anyone else has had this issue...the pictures flash so fast, I can not screen shot it. But it seems to be pictures from websites, not my photos saved on comp. Also, when I type it is just freezing and I have to "wait" for comp to catch up. thanks for any advise

A:tile pics, slow pc

Right after I made this post, I went to click n a new link and it did it again, but I got the screenshot this time. It looks like two different pics both from websites I visited earlier. I added a photo with the picture random photo to imageshack

I am not sure which link i need to show on forums so trying both links I THINK are best to use for here. sorry if it is wrong ones, but hope you can see it. <a target='_blank' href=''><img src='' border='0'/></a>

Uploaded with <a target='_blank' href=''></a>

Also, my firefox went out again when i was trying to post this, it popped the picture up again and stopped responding again.

BTW, this has been happening for about 3 weeks now. I thought I had a virus or one of my updates did not work. I first had trouble with google chrome (it was not responding saying i had "adobe" issues. So I changed to firefox, it did great for a few days..then it started this random photo bombing issue.

Thanks again

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I am missing the Skype tile.

I installed first the Metro version, then unistalled it and installed the desktop one, but the tile is missing and I only have the desktop icon. When I right click the desktop icon looking for "pin to Start Menu" it is not there. I don't know why, because it is there for any other icon/program, but not for Skype.

Any clue?

A:I am missing the Skype tile.

Go on the start screen and search for Skype. The Skype for desktop app in the app list should come up. Right click it and then pin to start should be on the bottom of the screen.

2 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I'm using Windows 10 Pro and can't unpin a tile from Start..
someone please??!

A:Can't unpin a tile from Start

Originally Posted by Orel123

I'm using Windows 10 Pro and can't unpin a tile from Start..
someone please??!

Hi @Orel123, welcome to!
Try opening the Task Manager, (right click Start and choose Task Manager), scrolling all the way down to Windows Explorer, right click and choose Restart.

If that doesn't work, the Tile in question may not have cached properly;
right click on Start, choose Run, type shell:appsfolder, press Enter, look for the application in question in that folder, right click it and choose Unpin from Start.

1 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hi,Just had this new laptop running windows 8 and its an Acer.
When I select the photos tile on the screen it goes to another screen which is black with a blue square icon and underneath it tells me that there are no files or folders in this view.There are photos in my picture folder as I just put then in.But if I go to the other method and select the My picture folder the photos are there.
Any Help Please.

A:Windows 8 tile problem

Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, tankid.

You might want to run through these:

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

7 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I've just done a bit of housekeeping and I seem to have lost the Tile Picture for Google Chrome. It appears when I chose 'all apps' but if I unpin and then re-pin it to start menu it just appears as a black tile.

Anybody have any ideas how I can get it back?

A:Lost Tile picture

Hello Skewett,

You might see if reinstalling Google Chrome may be able to fix it.

Hope this helps,

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

How do I tile images in paint, or view, say, 4 images at a time?

A:How do I tile images in Paint?

Originally Posted by gogreen

How do I tile images in paint, or view, say, 4 images at a time?

In Paint that is not possible. You can only open one image (file) in one session.

You can import an image to be pasted to another image using Paste from feature:

7 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Having trouble with Live Tiles. I'm trying to open up Live News and weather tiles. I am able to open the start menu and see that they are updating with appropriate weather and top stories. When I try to open up the tile however, I am greeted by "An error occurred. Try Refreshing" but to no avail does it solve the issue.

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

New install on Asus transformer.
Full screen start is permanent. Clicking start button makes no difference. Button goes grey when I hover, black when I press, and there is no change to any other aspect of the display.
I have gone to personalise and set 'Use Start Full Screen' to both On and Off. Makes no difference to anything.
Veeeeery frustrated as I do not do tiles!
I have googled for hours and tried changing everything I can find referred to.
It is an upgrade to win 8 that came with the system.
Wondering if the install is corrupted.

More replies
Answer Match 36.54%

I have a thumb drive that I regularly plug in and out of the front of my tower using the same USB port. The drive has an assigned letter.

Plugging it in is no problem. It is detected fine and I have AutoPlay set to do nothing. I do not desire to use the AutoRun/AutoPlay on the desktop taskbar to unplug it. Is there anyway I can create a tile on the Start Screen to do so? I would imagine I have to pin some executable there?

A:AutoRun/AutoPlay tile

Hey Tony,

Are you referring to Safely Remove Hardware? If so, you could "Pin to Start" the shortcut below for it, but it'll still open to your desktop though.
Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
If you have write caching disable on the USB drive (should be by default), then you should be able to just disconnect it when you like without having to use the above as long as you are not in the middle of saving anything to it.

6 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

Hello all
I have the default Microsoft music app installed (and lovin it), but its live tile is just too dull->

Isnt there any way to customize it a little (like make it show artwork on live tile)?
Or please tell me some free alternate music app that has a good looking live tile

A:Customizing music app tile

I use the Groove Smart Music Player app, that one does add a cover art photo to the live tile.
Take a look in the store and try some of your own I would suggest ;-)

3 more replies
Answer Match 36.54%

On the live photos tile on the start screen. How can I determine which pictures it shows and which not to?

Can anyone please tell me how to customise this tile?
Of the hundred of photos in the My Pictures folder it shows just 4 poor ones on a loop.

All help much appreciated

A:Live Photos tile

6 more replies