How to create your own tiles to the start menu in Windows 10

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Tiles start screen Windows 10, which may be a separate application from the store or simple shortcuts migrated from a previous version of the OS, except that now (when turned off tablet mode) under the start screen refers to the right part of the start menu. Tiles are automatically added when you install apps from the store, and you can add them yourself by right-click on the icon or program shortcut and selecting «pin to start screen».

However, the function only works for files and shortcuts to programs (like a document or a folder on the home screen to consolidate in this way will not work), also when you create tiles for desktop apps (not from the store) tiles look clumsy — the little icon with the caption on the tile chosen in the system color. It is about how to pin to the start screen, documents, folders, and websites, as well as change the appearance of individual tiles Windows 10 and will be discussed in this tutorial.

Note: to change the appearance will have to use a third-party program. However, if your only goal is to add a folder or document to the Windows start screen 10 (in the form of tiles on the start menu), it can be done without additional software. To do this, create your own shortcut on the desktop or elsewhere on your computer, then copy it to the folder (hidden) C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Start Menu (Main menu) Programs (Programs). After that the label you can find in start — All applications-click on it with right mouse button and from there to «Pin to start».

The program Tile Iconifier to design and create tiles on start

The first program that allows you to create your own start screen tiles for any element of the system (including simple and service folders, website addresses and not only) — Tile Iconifier. It is free, without support of the Russian language at a given time, but is easy to use and functional.

After starting the program you will see the main window with the list already present in the system labels (those that are located in your «All apps») with the option to change their registration (in this case to see the changes you then need to pin the program shortcut on the start screen, in the list of all applications it will remain unchanged).

It is simple — choose a shortcut in the list (despite the fact that their names appear in English, Russian Windows 10 they met Russian versions of programs), then on the right side of the program window you can select the icon (double click on available for replacement).

For tile images, you can specify not only the files from the icon libraries but also your own picture in PNG, BMP, JPG. And supported for PNG and the transparency works. The default size is 150×150 medium tile and 70×70 for a little. Here in the Background Color sets the background color of the tiles, on and off text caption for the tile is selected and its color is Light (Light) or Dark (Dark).

To apply changes press the button «Tile Iconify!». But in order to see the new design of the tiles, you need to build the modified shortcut from the «All apps» on home screen.

But a change of design tiles for shortcuts already present opportunities are not limited to Tile Iconifier — if you go to menu Utilities — Custom Shortcut Manager, you can create other shortcuts, not only for the programs, and to make tiles for them.

After logging in the Custom Shortcut Manager, click «Create New Shortcut» to create a new shortcut, which opens a wizard to create labels with multiple tabs:

  • Explorer is to create shortcuts simple and special Explorer folders, including control panel items, device, various settings.
  • Steam — to create shortcuts and tiles for Steam games.
  • Chrome Apps — shortcuts and making tiles for Google Chrome.
  • Windows Store — for Windows store apps
  • Other — manually create any shortcut and run it with parameters.

The creation of labels is not difficult — specify, you need to run, the shortcut name in the Shortcut Name field, whether it is created for one or more users. You can also set the icon for the shortcut, double-clicking on its image in create (but if you are going to specify their own design tile, until I recommend not to do anything with the icon). Finally press the «Generate Shortcut».

After that, the newly created shortcut will appear under «All apps» — TileIconify (where it can be pinned to the start screen) and also in the list in the main window Iconifier Tile where you can adjust the tiles for label — bitmap for medium and small tiles, the signature, the background color (as it was described in the beginning of the program).

I hope I managed to explain the use of the program is clear enough that you got it. In my opinion, from available free software for the decoration of tiles, this is currently the most functional.

Download Tile Iconifier from the official page https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconify/releases/ (I recommend to check the entire downloaded free software on VirusTotal, despite the fact that at the time of writing the project).

Windows Application 10 Pin More

For the purposes of creating your own tiles to the start menu or start screen of Windows 10 in the app store have an excellent program Pin More. It is paid, but a free trial allows you to create up to 4 tiles, and the possibilities are really interesting, and if more of the tiles you will not have to — it will be a great option.

After downloading from the store and install More Pin in the main window, you will be able to choose, which requires a tile of the start screen:

  • For games net, Steam, Uplay and Origin. I’m not a special player, because check out was not possible, but as I understood — created tile games are «live» and display the game information of the services.
  • For documents and folders.
  • For sites — and you can also create live tiles that receive information from the RSS feeds of the site.

Next, you can customize the appearance of the tiles — their image for small, medium, wide and large tiles separately (required dimensions specified in the application interface), colors and labels.

After completing settings, press the button with the pin on the bottom left and confirm the consolidation of the created tiles on your start screen in Windows 10.

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Win10Tile is another free program for the design of the tiles of the start screen

Win10Tile is another free utility for the purposes of creating your own tiles to the start menu, works on the same principle as first discussed, but with fewer functions. In particular, you can’t create new labels, but are able to arrange tiles already existing in the «All apps».

Just select the shortcut for which you want to change the tile, set the two images (150×150 70×70), the background color of the tile and enable or disable the display of signatures. Click «Save» to Save the changes and then attach the edited shortcut on the «All apps» on the start screen of Windows 10. The page is Win10Tile —forum.xda-developers.com/windows-10/development/win10tile-native-custom-windows-10-t3248677

I hope someone presents information on the design of tiles Windows 10 will be useful.

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