Personalizing Your Start Screen

Learn about the Windows 8 personalization features on your computer in this free lesson so your Start screen looks how you want.

Pinning apps to the Start screen

By default, the Start screen doesn't show all of the apps on your computer. However, it's easy to pin your favorite apps to the Start screen so you can open them quickly.

To pin an app to the Start screen:

  1. Click the arrow in the bottom-left corner of the Start screen to view all of the apps installed on your computer.
    Screenshot of Windows 8Going to All Apps
  2. Locate and right-click the desired app.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Right-clicking an app
  3. At the bottom of the screen, click Pin to Start.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Pinning an app to the Start screen
  4. Click the lower-left corner to return to the Start screen. Your app will now appear on the Start screen.


    Screenshot of Windows 8The pinned app

To unpin an app from the Start screen:

  1. From the Start screen, right-click the desired app.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Right-clicking an app
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click Unpin from Start. The app will disappear from the Start screen.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Unpinning an app from the Start screen