How to Name App Groupings in Windows 8

The new Start screen offers users the ability to arrange live tiles and app shortcuts in a way that makes more sense to the user. It’s a far cry from the limited list of the old Start menu, but a lot of its power is buried in the interface. You wouldn’t know about much of its ability unless you stumbled across it accidentally.

One such feature is the ability to name app groupings. You can create multiple different columns for apps that divide them up and make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Without a name on top of the list, it would fall on your memory as to where exactly your favorite news app, video editor, or browser is located in the field of tiles.

Naming a group puts a big, legible title over the top of the grouping so you can categorize apps and organize them in a way that makes sense to you.

Here’s how to do it.

  • Bring up the Start screen by clicking in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • Move your cursor to the lower-right corner and click the minus sign.
  • Right-click a group you wish to name. A blue check mark should appear in the corner of the group.
  • Select Name group in the bar that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  • Enter a name you wish to give the group and click Name.
  • Click anywhere on the screen to return to regular Start screen view.

You can also click and drag a group from the naming screen to change where in the Start screen it appears. For example, I tend to keep groups I use frequently toward the left so they appear first. System tools and other resources I don’t use as much would be pushed to the right.

How to Name App Groupings in Windows 8

You can rearrange individual tiles with a simple click and drag to where you want them to go. Dropping a tile in a blank space between groups creates a new group.

Do you have any questions about Windows 8 you’d like to see us answer in a future article? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://davidvkimball.com/ David V. Kimball

    One of the first things I did when starting up my start screen!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Keep up the good work Ryan, at first glance it might seem like you are teaching grandma to suck eggs. But Windows 8 is sufficiently different that grandma doesn’t know what end of the egg to suck.

  • Chris Pinola

    Notepad++ <3333333 lol

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      I knew someone would see it there and comment on it. Good eye, Chris Pinola.

      • Chris Pinola

        Honestly might be why I pass on the Surface, unless we get a comparable Modern UI plain-text editor for Win8RT. It’s a little tough to do serious web development in OneNote…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681289821 Bob Snyder

    I tell ya, If Microsoft had made all this known in the beginning, they might well have saved a whole lot of whining about the “missing” Start Menu, which isn’t really missing; It’s just undergone such a profound change as to be unrecognizable! Thanks for the info, Ryan!

  • VaxPrime

    Your reference to “Right Click” had me wonder, how do you Right Click when using touch?

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      Two fingers.

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