How to Add Programs/Apps to the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

The Metro Start Screen in Windows 8 contains several tiles that represent the programs one can access. Well, you might wonder if you can add other tiles to the default ones. Actually, you can do that. You don’t have to limit yourself only to the tiles displayed by default.

So, how can you do that? Start by finding the program or the Metro application you’re interested in. Therefore, make use of the Metro Search to look for that specific program or app. Just type the name of the app/program and there you go.

When you find it, just hold your finger until it is checked and right-click on it using your mouse. At the bottom of the Windows 8 Start Screen you will then see a panel open where you have the “Pin” option. Just click on the Pin button and the program will be added to the Metro Start Screen.

Now, the thing is that you may not find every program on your computer when you search it and there are great chances for you to want to add most programs to the Metro Start Screen. So, you can do that by creating a Windows shortcut to the executable that you will move in the user’s Windows Start Menu folder. You can find this folder at the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs location. Before doing this, you will have to enable the viewing of Hidden files.

After you configure Windows to view hidden files, you will have to open the Start Menu folder. So, press Win+R to open the Run dialog box. You will see that there’s an open field. Here you’ll have to enter %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and hit OK. Doing so will open the Start Menu folder.

You will now have to find the file you want to be added to the Metro Start Screen. Use Windows Explorer to do that. Just press Win+E and Windows Explorer will open. Now go to the location of the file you’re interested in and right-click on it. Select “Create Shortcut” from the menu.

The shortcut will appear on your desktop. Just move it into the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder window. Once you do this, the shortcut will appear on the Metro Start Screen.

If you want to unpin a program or app that you have pinned to the Metro Start Screen, just hold your finger on it until it’s checked or right-clicks on it using the mouse. A panel will open at the bottom of the Windows 8 Start screen. Use the “Unpin” option to remove that specific app or program from the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen.

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