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Configuring Launcher

Every Microsoft Surface application that is installed on a device made for Surface must have a corresponding ApplicationName.xml file that registers the application with Surface Shell. If no ApplicationName.xml file exists for an application, it cannot display in Launcher. For more information about the ApplicationName.xml file and registering applications, see Registering Applications.

After you have registered your Surface applications with Surface Shell, they appear in Launcher. By default, all registered applications display in Launcher in alphabetical order (by application title) from left to right. The following illustration shows how applications display by default in Launcher.

Launcher with applications in default order

In some situations, you might want to show the registered applications in an order other than alphabetical order. You might also want to make some applications available in the morning (for example, family-oriented content) and other applications after prime time. Or, maybe you discover a problem in an application and you want to temporarily remove it from Launcher while the application code is fixed. You probably want to make these changes during regular business hours without interrupting or otherwise affecting the Surface user experience.

You may also want to add a title to your Launcher menu which can help identify your venue or for other branding purposes. You can use Surface Configuration Editor, a tool with a graphical user interface, to configure a title for Launcher and to configure which applications are displayed in Launcher and in what order. This tool automatically creates an ApplicationOrder.xml file (the file where this configuration information is stored) and places it in the %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Surface\v2.0 directory to configure application order and presence in Launcher. This tool also automatically edits the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Surface\v2.0\Global\Shell\AppLauncherTitle registry entry to configure a title for Launcher.

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If you prefer to configure Launcher manually, see ApplicationOrder.XML File for information about configuring which applications appear in Launcher and their order. For information about configuring a title for Launcher, see Surface Registry Keys and search for the AppLauncherTitle registry entry.

This topic contains information about using Surface Configuration Editor to perform the following configuration tasks:

To add a customized Launcher title

  1. In Windows mode, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Surface 2.0, and then click Surface Configuration Editor.

  2. In the left pane, click Application Launcher.

  3. In the Application Launcher pane, in the Launcher title box, type the title text you want to appear above Launcher.

    The title text will be placed just above the Launcher menu and is left-justified. You cannot change the font, font size, font color, justification, or location of the text.

  4. Click OK to save your setting and close Surface Configuration Editor, or click Apply to save your setting and continue configuring Surface. Restart Surface Shell for your settings to take effect.

To specify which applications appear in Launcher and in what order

  1. In Windows mode, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Surface 2.0, and then click Surface Configuration Editor.

  2. In the left pane, click Application Launcher.

  3. In the Application Launcher pane, under Application order, do one of the following:

    • To show only specified registered applications

      1. Click Show only the selected applications.

      2. Select the applications you want to appear in Launcher from Available applications and move the applications you have selected to Selected applications.

        When you choose this option, only the applications you selected will appear in Launcher, and they will appear from left to right in the order that they are listed in Selected applications.

    • To show selected applications first in Launcher, then the remaining applications

      1. Click Show selected applications first, then show remaining applications.

      2. Select the applications you want to appear first (on the left side) in Launcher from Available applications and move those applications to Selected applications.

        When you choose this option, all registered applications will appear in Launcher. Selected applications will appear first in the order listed in Selected applications from left to right. Then all remaining registered applications will appear in alphabetical order.

  4. Click OK to save your settings and close Surface Configuration Editor, or click Apply to save your settings and continue configuring Surface. Restart Surface Shell for your settings to take effect.

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