With the Windows 8.1 update, the much reviled Start screen in Windows 8 and RT is more useful, more attractive, and more configurable than ever. As important, it now adapts more easily to device screens of all sizes and resolutions.
So, what does new start screen look like in Windows 8.1
Customizing App tile sizes
In Windows 8/RT, tiles for Metro-style apps could be one of two sizes, and desktop application tiles were relegated to a single size. With Windows 8.1, there are now four total tile sizes—Large, Wide, Medium and Small, with Large and Small being the new entries. To change sizes of tiles you can right click the tile and choose Resize.
Customize Tile Groups
In the initial release of Windows 8/RT, you could grab and tile and reposition it onscreen immediately, which was convenient but error prone: Oftentimes, you’d inadvertently grab a tile and move it by mistake. With Windows 8.1 the Start screen now sports an explicit Customize mode, accessible by the app bar, which lets you move tiles and rename tile groups. You enter this mode by selecting a tile or choosing Customize from the app bar.
All Apps Navigation
You can now access the All Apps view by swiping up on the Start screen or by accessing an arrow button that appears when you mouse the mouse cursor.
Personalize Start Screen
Windows 8 have brought many updates in its Preview version Windows 8.1. Settings have been added and are changed. If you used Windows 8 previously, and changed your Smart Screen from Change PC Settings, then you may not find settings to change Start Screen on same place with Windows 8.1.
Here’s how to change your Smart Screen in Windows 8.1
Step 1: Press new Windows key, to jump to Start Screen.
Step 2: Hover your Mouse to left corner, and open Charm bar.
Step 3: Click on Settings.
Step 4: Click on Personalize
Step 5: Choose Smart Screen of your choice.
You can also replace the Start screen background with your desktop wallpaper if you’d like, and change the Start button behavior so that it triggers All Apps instead of Start.
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