Windows 8 has been shipped with a variety of new features, of which one is the Metro UI. Also known as the Start screen in Windows 8, Metro UI has completely revolutionized the look of the Windows operating system. There is no Start button, no popping programs menu, and no individual icons of folders and programs.
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In fact, the new Metro UI of Microsoft features flat, vivid, and live tiles to give access to the different utilities and folders. Further, the interface comes with a sideways scrolling canvas that is much admired in Xbox 360 and Windows Phone.
Is Pinning to Metro UI Possible without Using the Third Party Tools?
Although you might take some time to get accustomed to the Metro UI, the overall framework of the interface is really easy to explore and customize as well. Yes! You can customize this Start screen in different ways. One of the ways to customize is to pin both folders and apps to the Start screen, and this is well facilitated by the Metro UI of Windows 8.
Undoubtedly, this is definitely a wanted pro, which was absent in Windows 7 wherein the users had to use the third-party tools for performing the task of pinning. Pinning is required for those apps as well as folders, which the users need to access quite often.
What are the Steps to Pin Folders and Apps to the Metro UI?
Listed below are the steps to pin an app to the Start screen.
Click the Windows Explorer tile that is present in the UI’s lower-left corner. The Windows Explorer window is displayed.
Navigate to the folder that has the desired app to be pinned.
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Spot the .exe file and right-click it. The shortcut or context menu is displayed.
Select the Pin to Start option. A new tile with the shortcut to the app is now seen on the right side in the Metro UI. Furthermore, the tile’s name is the same as that of the .exe file.
Tip: You can also access Windows Explorer from the Taskbar in case you are on the Desktop. If there is a shortcut to the app on the Desktop, follow the same steps as listed above for pinning it.
Repeat the above steps for pinning a folder wherein you navigate and right-click the desired folder to select the Pin to Start option. This will add a new tile on the right, which has the name of the folder. By default, these pinned folders and apps are seen on the right side. Interestingly, you can go ahead and customize the location by moving the respective tiles onto the left for avoiding that extra effort of scrolling. For this, you will just have to drag and drop the desired tile to the left side.
What are the Steps to Unpin Folders and Apps from the Metro UI?
You might consider unpinning the apps and folders in case they are no longer required or are accessed quite rarely. Doing so will actually make your Metro UI look uncluttered. So, here are the steps to unpin an app or a folder from the Metro UI.
Right-click the desired app’s or folder’s tile. This displays a check mark in the upper right corner of the tile along with the different options at the bottom. Select the Unpin from Start option from the bottom. The tile is finally removed or unpinned from the Metro UI.