Show Admin Settings in Windows 8 Start Screen and Group Them

Previously, we have seen how to customize the Windows 8 Start Screen (the Start Menu as we know it) but we only discussed how we can change the background color and add some effects to it. People who want the theme of their room to go with their desktops would find that trick helpful, but it was not reformative enough from an everyday use point of view.

Sorted Apps

Today however, we are going to see how we can add commonly used administrative tools and settings to Start Menu and sort them into different groups along with other apps pinned on the Start Screen to organize things.

Cool Tip: If you don’t like the new Start Screen, we have already covered some guides on how to skip the Start Screen and how to get back the old classic Start Menu.

Displaying Administrative Tools and Settings

Step 1: Launch Windows 8 Start Screen and open the Charm Bar by pressing the Windows+C shortcut Key. You can move your mouse pointer to the top right corner of the screen but keyboard shortcuts are way more comfortable.

Step 2: On the Charm Bar, click on the Settings button and select Tiles to show up the Start Screen Tiles settings.

Charm Settings

Step 3: Here turn on the Show administrative tools settings by sliding the button from no to yes and close the Charm Bar.

Show Administrative Icon Toggle

That’s all, all the System Administrative tools like Services, Windows Firewall, Disk Cleanup, etc. will be pinned to your Start Screen as tiles. With so many new tiles in your Start Screen, it would be better if we organize them in Groups. So let’s see how to do that.

Administrative Tools

Grouping Metro Apps

Step 1: Open Windows 8 Start Screen and click on the small minus (-) button at the bottom-right corner of the screen. By default, the icon will not be visible but when you hover on your mouse pointer, it will show up.

Minimize Button

Step 2: The Start Screen will zoom out, and you will be able to see all the apps pinned to your Start Screen with much smaller tiles. Make sure all the apps you want to group together are adjacent to each other. You can drag the tiles using the mouse if you want.

Name Group

Step 3: When you select a group, you will see a button at the bottom of the screen saying Name Group. Click on the button and name the group.

Name Group Naming

Step 4: Once you create groups you can move them together to choose their position on Start Screen. When things looks good, click on the zoom button again to zoom in.


I am sure both these things will help you to get the most out of the all-new Windows 8 Start Screen. If you are facing any difficulty with the Start Screen, share it with us in the comments, and we will definitely try to come up with a solution.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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