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StartTiles

Updated: August 1, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

The StartTiles settings specify the position of up to 24 app tiles on the Start screen, and one app badge on the lock screen.

The app tiles that you position on the Start screen can be wide tiles or square tiles. The number of each type of tile is preset and the distribution of each type of tile on the Start screen is determined by template layouts for the Start screen. The number of rows of tiles on a display depends on the scaled height of the tiles, the vertical resolution of the display, and the pixel density.

For example, an 11.6" display at a resolution of 1366 x 768 is scaled at 1.0x. The standard tile height is 160 pixels, including padding, and the fixed height taken for top and bottom margins is 215 pixels. This combination allows for 3 rows of tiles. The number of rows of tiles on a display depends on the scaled height of the tiles, the vertical resolution of the display, and the pixel density. For example, an 11.6" display at a resolution of 1366 x 768 is scaled at 1.0x. The standard tile height is 160 pixels, including padding, and the fixed height taken for top and bottom margins is 215 pixels. This combination allows for 3 rows of tiles.

The maximum number of rows on any display is 6. For large displays, a user can override the maximum.

The following tables show the typical number of rows of tiles on different combinations of display sizes and resolutions.

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

10.1

1366 x 768

155

1

3

10.1

1600 x 900

182

1

4

10.1

1920 x 1080

218

1.4

3

10.1

1920 x 1200

224

1.4

4

10.1

2560 x 1440

291

1.8

3

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

11.6

1366 x 768

135

1

3

11.6

1600 x 900

158

1

4

11.6

1920 x 1080

190

1.4

3

11.6

1920 x 1200

195

1.4

4

11.6

2560 x 1440

253

1.8

3

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

12.5

1366 x 768

125

1

4

12.5

1600 x 900

147

1

4

12.5

1920 x 1080

176

1.4

3

12.5

1920 x 1200

181

1.4

4

12.5

2560 x 1440

235

1.4

5

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

13.3

1366 x 768

117

1

4

13.3

1600 x 900

138

1

4

13.3

1920 x 1080

166

1

5

13.3

1920 x 1200

170

1

6

13.3

2560 x 1440

221

1.4

5

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

13.3

1366 x 768

117

1

4

13.3

1600 x 900

138

1

4

13.3

1920 x 1080

166

1

5

13.3

1920 x 1200

170

1

6

13.3

2560 x 1440

221

1.4

5

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

14

1366 x 768

112

1

4

14

1600 x 900

131

1

4

14

1920 x 1080

157

1

5

14

1920 x 1200

162

1

6

14

2560 x 1440

210

1.4

5

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

15.6

1366 x 768

100

1

4

15.6

1600 x 900

118

1

5

15.6

1920 x 1080

141

1

5

15.6

1920 x 1200

145

1

6

15.6

2560 x 1440

188

1.4

5

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

17

1366 x 768

100

1

4

17

1600 x 900

118

1

5

17

1920 x 1080

141

1

6

17

1920 x 1200

145

1

6

17

2560 x 1440

188

1

6

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

20

1600 x 900

92

1

5

20

1920 x 1080

110

1

6

20

1920 x 1200

113

1

6

20

2560 x 1440

147

1

6

 

Size

Resolution

DPI

Scaling plateau

Rows of tiles on Start

23

1920 x 1080

96

1

6

23

1920 x 1200

98

1

6

23

2560 x 1440

128

1

6

 

LockScreen

Specifies an app whose monochrome icon appears on the Lock screen.

RegionalOverrides

Specifies sets of apps that appear on the Start screen for different regions.

SquareTiles

Specifies the default Windows Store apps to appear as square tiles on the Start screen.

WideTiles

Specifies the default Windows Store apps to appear as wide tiles on the Start screen.

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For a list of the Windows® editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

The following XML output shows to how to use the <StartTiles> component and its settings.

<StartTiles>
     <LockScreen>    
          <Badge>
               <AppId>BadgeAppId</AppId>
          </Badge>
     </LockScreen>
     <WideTiles>
          <WideTile1>
               <AppId>AppIdwide1</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide1</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile1>
          <WideTile2>
               <AppId>AppIdwide2</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide2</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile2>
          <WideTile3>
               <AppId>AppIdwide3</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide3</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile3>
          <WideTile4>
               <AppId>AppIdwide4</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide4</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile4>
          <WideTile5>
               <AppId>AppIdwide5</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide5</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile5>
          <WideTile6>
               <AppId>AppIdwide6</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskwide6</FirstRunTask>
          </WideTile6>
     </WideTiles>
     <SquareTiles>
          <SquareTile1>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare1</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>BackgroundTaskSquare1</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile1>
          <SquareTile2>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare2</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare2</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile2>
          <SquareTile3>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare3</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare3</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile3>
          <SquareTile4>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare4</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare4</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile4>
          <SquareTile5>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare5</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare5</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile5>
          <SquareTile6>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare6</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare6</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile6>
          <SquareTile7>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare7</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare7</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile7>
          <SquareTile8>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare8</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare8</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile8>
          <SquareTile9>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare9</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare9</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile9>
          <SquareTile10>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare10</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare10</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile10>
          <SquareTile11>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare11</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare11</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile11>
          <SquareTile12>
               <AppId>AppIdSquare12</AppId>
               <FirstRunTask>backgroundTaskSquare12</FirstRunTask>
          </SquareTile12>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile1>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile1.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile1>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile2>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile2.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile2>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile3>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile3.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile3>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile4>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile4.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile4>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile5>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile5.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile5>
          <SquareOrDesktopTile6>
               <AppIdOrPath>C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\desktoptile6.lnk</AppIdOrPath>
          </SquareOrDesktopTile6>
     </SquareTiles>
</StartTiles>

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