How To Change Start Screen Tile Icons And Labels In Windows 8

Every time you start your Windows 8 PC, you will notice the Start Screen. Since it has such a constant presence within the operating system...



Every time you start your Windows 8 PC, you will notice the Start Screen. Since it has such a constant presence within the operating system, you might want to personalize it a bit according to your requirements. Though it provides a surprise to new Windows 8 users that the Start screen’s customization features are certainly not as extensive as those that comes with the desktop. For instance, the type of quirk is the inability to easily change tile icons and labels. When you pin any application towards the start screen, you’re saddled with its default icon and name, which isn’t the truth when you build a shortcut for the desktop since easily customize that shortcut in many ways. Thanks to Vishal at AskVG, now we have a simple approach to make it possible to only customize Start Screen tile labels and icons using a few easy steps. Read on for complete instructions.

The trickery involves customizing your desired tile’s label and icon using the Programs folder, the location where the shortcuts on your pinned programs reside. Do note that this method is applicable towards the pinned icons of the desktop apps, and never the Modern UI apps which are shipped with Windows by default, or that you just installed from Windows Store. Here’s the ins and outs:

Go towards the Start Screen (if you aren’t already there) and right-click on the tile that you want to rename or customize. Next, hit the ‘Open File Location’ button that appears around the app bar at the end.

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Doing so will open the Programs folder of Start Menu in Windows Explorer, which houses each of the shortcuts of other programs at the same time. The same Programs folder can also be found on previous versions of Windows, such as Windows 7.

To rename the tile, you have to rename its shortcut, so simply highlight its icon thus hitting Rename about the Ribbon UI. Alternatively, it is possible to right-click it and select the Rename option from your context menu. The label may be anything you want, only the way it is possible to rename another file. In this example, we are going to rename ‘Google Chrome’ to ‘My Favorite Web Browser’.

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As mentioned earlier, you are able to also alter the tile’s icon. To do that, simply right-click the shortcut icon, click Properties, head over towards the Shortcut tab in the Properties window that happens, thus hitting Change Icon button, as demonstrated inside screenshot below. After selecting your desired icon, click ‘Apply’ to implement your changes.

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That’s all there is certainly to changing tile icons and labels to your pinned programs around the Start Screen..

How To Change Start Screen Tile Icons And Labels In Windows

The above tutorial also applies towards the upcoming Windows 8.1.

[via AskVG]

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