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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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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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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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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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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Windows 8 start screen, making scrolling position stick?

One thing I hated the most about Windows 8 is that I have to scroll the Start Screen to the right each time I press Win to start a program. Often times I try to launch 2 or 3 apps together, and they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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Is the Windows8 start screen capable of spanning 2 monitors?

Is the Windows8 start screen capable of spanning 2 monitors? This is not a question of multiple monitor support; this is a question of whether the Windows-8 start screen is able to display across 2 ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Wallpaper File Location?

I was wondering if there is a specific file location for all the Windows 8 start screen backgrounds. I'm not interested in modifying the wallpapers, but I want to make an app with these wallpapers ...
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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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Force windows 8 start screen permanently on secondary monitor

I know the start screen can be moved using Win-PageUp or Win-PageDown, but is there any way to save this value permanently? I've read similar questions: Windows 8 start screen on secondary monitor ...
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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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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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Windows 8 isn't searching/indexing secondary hard drives?

I've recently installed Windows 8 on one of three drives (C:), and it's unable to search or index any of the other hdds (A: and B:) where I've stored any user files: music, videos, pictures, etc). ...
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How to restore Start menu shortcuts in Windows 8.1

Now I can't even get to the Desktop in 8.1 without pressing +D. I also can't get to the Store, OneDrive, or Camera. How can I restore these shortcuts? If you need more details about how they were ...
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How to change Windows Start Screen background

Is there any registry tweak or any tool which can be utilized for changing the Windows 8 Start Screen background? I can see only few options to customize the Start Screen of Windows 8. Is it ...
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How to make Windows 8 Start Screen search result icon to open a new instance of a Desktop App

There is a registry hack that makes Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen Tiles to open a new instance of a Desktop App (see accepted answer of this question: How to make a Start Screen icon for Notepad that ...
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Can't change standard monitor for start screen (Windows 8.1)

I've been trying to find a way to get the start screen to start on my secondary monitor as default. I just cant find a way to make it work. I've googled and found the shortcut for doing it(windows key ...
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How can I fix these rendering issues on the Windows 8 Start screen?

I'm seeing some weird symbols on the UI elements on my Start screen. What is going on?