Windows 8 Start Screen

Written By Sam on 1 December 2012

The Start Screen is one of the major new features of Windows 8. It may come as a surprise that the Start screen’s customization options are not as extensive as those made available on the desktop. There are lots of ways to customize the look and feel of the Start screen and make it your own. There are 20 different patterns to choose from, ranging from floral designs all the way through to some pixel art-inspired examples. Most of the more vibrant designs don’t interact with the background of the tiles. The color scheme too is limited to 25 different pre-configured schemes, while users are not limited to fixed color schemes on the desktop.

Other user interface changes in the final build include the removal of the Aero theme functionality in the desktop part of Windows 8, but one of Microsoft’s biggest surprises is the level of customization available in its new Start Screen. The patterns can be applied to the background of the Start Screen, with a color picker available to customize the look even further. Users can also select multiple images on the configuration screen, by holding down CTRL while clicking, to change the start screen wallpaper automatically. The changes take effect immediately, there is no save button, it just needs to be clicked on to submit them first.

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