Many people are still getting used to Windows 8 and the Start screen. There are many ways to organize this screen, most of all putting apps, or tiles, into groups and naming those groups. This seems like it should be simple and intuitive; however I have noticed that it is anything but intuitive.
You can have many app/tile groups including everything from entertainment to photos, from music to games, and from system-related to software-related apps. All of these can comprise the Start screen. Without organization of these apps/tiles, the screen actually seems pointless. Therefore, putting apps/tiles into groups and naming these groups will help with organization and create an easier way of finding necessary apps when needed.
Names do not have to be conventional; they can be whatever the user chooses, helping to make this a personalized screen.
These easy steps and screen shots will show how to name the app/tile groups in order to keep the Windows 8 desktop Start screen organized.
Windows 8 Start screen with and without named groups
The first screen shot shows the screen both with and without app/tile group names. The group on the left is without a name – it is just a blank space – while the group on the right has the name “Media”.
Windows 8 Start screen click minimize button
The second screen shot shows the first step. Simply click on the “-“ button on the lower right hand side of the Start screen. This will minimize or shrink the view of the Start screen and its app/tiles.
Windows 8 Start screen shrunken
The third screen shot shows what the Windows 8 Start screen looks like once shrunken by the previous step. Notice the same apps/tiles and groups that appear on the main Start screen appear here, only smaller. Right-click the group in need of a name.
Windows 8 Start screen after right-clicking group
The fourth screen shot shows what will appear when the desired group in need of a name is right-clicked upon with the mouse in the previous step. Notice how the group is highlighted and has a checkmark. Please also notice that the app/tile detail/command bar now appears at the bottom of the screen. Click Name Group in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
Windows 8 Start screen with group name pop-up
The fifth screen shot shows the popup box that appears once you click Name Group. Once the box appears, simply enter the name of the group and click the Name button. Name the group whatever makes the most sense.
Windows 8 Start screen final shot with group name
The sixth and final screen shot shows the group that was named back on the main, enlarged Start screen. Notice that the first app/tile group on the left side of the screen now has the name “Main”.