The Start Screen is the default Welcome page and Application Launcher in Windows-8. It is based on the Metro UI, features static or live content as Tiles, and search capabilities.

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Save Win8 start screen layout (as a template)

Is there a way for me to SAVE my "start menu" layout to a file (xml?), meaning the grouping and ordering of the elements on the Start screen. TO CLARIFY... I am aware of and understand the "roaming" ...
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How can I drag the start screen (instead of scrolling)?

I have many tiles on my start screen, which gives my start screen a scrollbar at the bottom. My mouse has a problem with the scroll wheel so that I can't scroll where I want. Because it is a great ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen - Moving groups

Thanks to help I've gotten from SuperUser I've learned how to create groups of icons on the Windows 8 Start Screen... but how can I move entire groups? I don't want to have to manually drag each icon ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen: Show programs in order of most frequently used

For me the Windows 8 Start Screen is just a great bit version of the old Start Menu, but unlike the Start Menu, it doesn't seem to order programs by frequency of use? Consider the following: While ...
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Duplicate tile in Windows8 start screen

Sometimes I want the same Tile in two groups in the Windows 8 start screen. Is it doable? I guess I can make an extra shortcut pointing to the same program and pin it to the start screen. It seems ...
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How to pin a website to the Windows 8 Start screen with Internet Explorer as default browser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a shortcut to a website to the windows 8 start menu? I'm not sure if I like the whole idea of Start screen yet, but I would find it more useful with certain ...
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Running Modern UI/Metro Apps as Administrator in Windows 8

I noticed that on Windows 8's Start screen, I could right click a Windows legacy program (A program which runs on Windows XP, Vista and 7), and I could run it as Administrator. However, whenever I ...
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How to pin a website to the Windows 8 Start screen without Internet Explorer as default browser?

I'm not sure if I like the whole idea of Start screen yet, but I would find it more useful with Stack Overflow as a tile in the group. Is there a way to add the Stack Exchange sites to this screen ...
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Reset / Unpin all items in Windows 8 Start Screen quickly

I got 200+ shortcuts pinned on the Windows 8 start screen by some rogue program. It would be a pain to right-click every item and then click Unpin to remove them: Is there a way to remove all the ...
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Do live tiles continue to update when I'm not looking at the start screen?

If I glance at my start screen, do I need to wait a few seconds for the tiles to show up-to-date information? Or do they continue to update when I'm not looking at the start screen?
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How do I sync grouped Windows Store apps between devices?

I've grouped my applications in a certain way that I like. Is there any way to sync this grouping between my Windows 8 devices? For Example, if I have all of my media apps (Netflix, Hulu, Music, etc,...
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How can I add a heading to different groups of tiles in the Start Screen?

Is there a way to add headings to different groups of tiles in the Windows 8 start screen so that they can be distinguished easily?
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Is it possible to show the current time on the start screen in Windows 8?

This customization would be nice. Is this possible out of the box, and if not, could a developer modify the start screen to make it possible?
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Pin Custom Files in Windows 8 Start Screen

If I right-click any .EXE file, it has the Pin to Start option: But, if I right-click any file, it doesn't have the Pin to Start option: Is there any trick/workaround to pin files to the Start ...
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Change the Image/Logo of the Windows Store tile in the Windows 8 Start Screen

I saw this post : How do I change the tile image of a Modern UI application? but it didn't contain any method to change the image of the Windows Store tile. Can anyone please tell me how can I do ...
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How do I restore the desktop tile?

I'm using Windows 8 and have managed to lose the Desktop tile. How do I put it back?
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Add an app to the Windows 8 app menu

If you go to start, then search in Windows 8, you see a list of applications (both desktop and Metro). Many of the (desktop) applications I have running on my PC are not listed here however, because ...
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Enable The Secret Start Screen Animation for every launch

When i first sign onto Windows 8, i get a very cool flow-y animation of all tiles filling up the screen. After that, though, the Start screen has a much more toned-down animation. Is it possible to ...
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Can I change the direction the Start Screen scrolls in?

Instead of scrolling left to right, can I scroll top to bottom? I seem to remember someone saying you could change this, but I have yet to find an option. Is it instead possible with Windows RT?
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Is it possible to display the Administrative tools as Tiles?

Windows 8 seems to have a few interesting Administrative tools at: Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools Is it possible to display them as Tiles in the Start screen. I understand, it ...
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How to make a Start Screen icon for Notepad that will always open a new Notepad when clicked in Windows 8?

Just installed Windows 8, pinned Notepad to the start screen. When I press the Windows key and use the Notepad tile to run Notepad, it will focus on the currently open Notepad window. I'd like it to ...
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Desktop preview on start screen tile

Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?
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Adding an RSS feed to the Windows 8 start screen

Loving Windows 8, but it would be nice if I could put my own newsfeeds into the boxes on the start screen. At present you can just choose to have a "News" app, but surely there's a way to replace that ...
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How To Create Tiles With Custom Colors On Start Screen

Is there any way to create our own tiles and set our own color for other tiles on the Start screen in Windows 8.So that we can find the applications and files by their tile color and display our files ...
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Is it possible to prevent the start screen from covering the whole screen, making it more like the start menu?

I'm getting used to the start screen, however it would be nice if I could stop it covering the entire screen and popup a bit like the old start menu. Is there some configuration option, or program ...
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Where exactly are the apps shortcuts in the Windows 8 Start Screen stored?

I'm trying to mess around with starting up modern UI applications from the desktop and various other weirdness. While I've been digging, I can't seem to work out where exactly the shortcuts to Windows ...
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Hide non metro apps from the 'Start Screen' or create a different column for them

How can I hide all the non-metro apps (ie: desktop apps) from the Start Screen on Windows 8, they take up a lot of space on the screen. Also, for an alternative, non-metro apps should always be ...
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What is the name of the start screen executable?

It just stopped running and I want to know how to restart it w/o logging out and in...
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How to set start screen tiles' language in Windows 8

I've installed English Windows 8 x64 on my notebook and selected Slovenian as locale during installation. Like so: The problem I'm having now is that my tiles on start screen display in Slovenian ...
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How can I display the Windows 8 Start Screen on a secondary monitor?

Is there a way to get Windows 8 to use my secondary monitor for the start screen?
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Windows 8 Metro/Modern Start Screen with Multiple Monitors — Keep it always maximized?

Before installing Win 8 today, my plan was to keep the Metro UI up on my smaller, laptop monitor and have the classic UI running on my two larger monitors. However, in reality, as soon as I click on ...
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Prevent applications from adding to start screen on install

On a Windows 8 machine, after installing Visual Studio, Office, SQL Server, VLC etc... the start screen is a mass clutter of unneeded shortcuts such as readme, shortcuts to homepages, various tools ...
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What are the definitive rules for Windows 8 Screen Scaling

I have a laptop + external screen multi-mon setup running windows 8. The laptop has a 15.4 Inch 1920*1080 Screen (Smaller Physical / Higher Pixel Density) The Monitor has a 22 Inch 1680*1050 Screen (...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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How to speed up the booting process in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to diagnose a slow booting laptop How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows 7? When I turn on the computer, I have to wait about 1 minute to the boot process. ...
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How do I add a shortcut to a website to the Windows 8 start screen?

There's a couple of things that bother me in Windows 8 and one of them is that I don't seem to figure out how to add a shortcut to a specific website to the Start screen. Is this possible at all?
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Can I move Windows 8 Start menu hot corner?

I like my task bar vertical at the right edge of the screen. This puts the Windows button to the top-right corner, however not the windows hot corner. Is there any way to either move or disable the ...
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Can I put documents onto the Windows 8 Metro Start Menu?

You can search for a document and click to open it, but is there a way to put a document you are working with on the Start Menu (Metro UI) for quick selection?