The love/hate relationship many of us have with the new Windows 8 Start Screen can easily go towards the plus side if we customize it. While Metro Apps can’t run in Desktop mode, each of us has some they actually find useful.
Nevertheless, the default Start Screen groups all your apps randomly, making it very hard to find what you need, when you need it. Customizing the Start Screen in Windows 8.1 is a simple task, which will make your Start Screen a lot more useful and friendly.
1. Drag tiles to the right of the screen and drop them when a gray vertical bar appears. This creates a new group.
If you want to drag multiple tiles at once to the new group, right-click on an empty area of the Start Screen. Click on Customize in the lower-right corner of the screen. This brings you in the Start Screen editing mode and you can select as many tiles as you want by clicking on them. Each selected tiles will be marked by a checkbox. Then all you have to do is drag the selected tiles to the group you want them to be in. Click/tap once on an empty area of the Start Screen and then once again to exit editing mode.
2. To name the group you have to go in editing mode. Right-click on an empty area of the Start Screen and select Customize from the bottom-right corner of the screen. Now all you have to do is fill in the Name Group field. Click/tap once on an empty area of the Start Screen and once again to exit the editing mode.