How to Change Icons and Text Labels (Names) of Start Screen Tiles in Windows 8 and 8.1?

NOTE: This tutorial will help you in changing text labels (renaming) and icons of Start Screen tiles in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

We know that Microsoft has added a new Windows Phone style Start Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. This Start Screen has replaced the good old Start Menu. Start Screen contains big live tiles of program shortcuts and metro apps. You can group these tiles, move these tiles, pin or unpin tiles and resize tiles according to your requirements as described in following tutorials:

But there is a slight problem! Microsoft didn't provide any easy way to rename these tiles. You can't change text labels of Start Screen tiles. If you right-click on a tile to customize its settings, you find options to resize, run, pin, unpin the tile but there is no option given to rename the tile. It would have been really great if Microsoft provided a direct option to change text label of tiles.

Similarly you can't change icons of tiles. All tiles show the default icon of the associated app or program.

But there is a workaround to overcome this problem. Many of you might be already aware of this trick. If you don't know, this tutorial will help you.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to change text labels of Start Screen tiles and customize their icons in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

1. Go to Start Screen and right-click on the tile which you want to rename or customize. Now click on "Open file location" option present at the bottom.


2. It'll open "Programs" folder which contains all the shortcuts that are shown on Start Screen.

To rename the tile, you just need to rename the associated program shortcut present in "Programs" folder. For example, in our screenshot we are going to change "Adobe Photoshop" text label and icon. So we'll just rename Photoshop's shortcut present in "Programs" folder. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Rename" option. Alternatively, you can also press "F2" key to rename the shortcut. Now type your desired name and press Enter.

To change tile icon, right-click on the program shortcut and select "Properties" option.


It'll open shortcut properties window. Now click on "Change Icon" button and select desired icon.


At last apply the changes.

3. That's it. Now go to Start Screen again an you'll see the new text label and icon of your desired tile.


Its an easy process but a built-in option to rename tiles would be really nice. What do you think about this feature? Feel free to share your comment...

Also Check:

[Tip] Customize Start Screen Tiles Background Color, Text Color and Logo in Windows 8.1

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