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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  • I always wanted to do this. You are the best VG. :)

  • Thanks for the another nice tip, sir VG!
    I wonder why did Microsoft made renaming Start Screen tiles more difficult and less obvious...
    Why, oh Why, Microsoft?!

  • wait..... both IE and nightly are in metro app tiles (only 1 default browser that can use metro app tile instead program icon tile right?)
    how you do that??

  • VG

    ^^ IE is opening in Desktop mode although its icon is Metro style.

  • VG, why would any sane person want to change those perfectly wonderful, useful names that MS gave the tiles? It makes perfect sense to use "Microsoft Office 2013 Word" instead of something brief and to the point like "Word 2013".

    "Uncle Billy G." and MS know what is best for us .... and they have the statistics to prove it!

    (PS: for the slow, that was sarcasm)

  • What about "Retro"/Metro tiles?

    I tried and this tip does not appear work for them.

  • For some reason would not work here. Have Windows 8, and not 8.1, so perhaps that's why. Did everything exactly as instructed.

  • My default browser is Google Chrome.
    How do I leave the Internet Explorer icon in the Metro Style? Thanks.

  • Wait, you're running Photoshop 8? wow! :)

  • This simply doesn't work on any of my Windows 8.1 systems. "Open file location" does not appear!

  • Doesn't on any of my 3 Win8.1 systems so you will have to justify this assertion! I can make a video to show you that it DOESN'T appear - so justify your statement!

  • VG

    ^^ And it works in all Windows 8.1 systems I'm using. Windows 8.1 is based on Windows 8 and this option is still there. Make sure you are trying to access "Open file location" for the correct type of shortcut. Did you try to access this option for other shortcuts as well? Try to access this option for a 3rd party software shortcut.

  • This only works for 3rd party tiles e.g. Skydrive cannot be changed but Dropbox can.

  • Windows 8.1...........How to move tiles in Favourites ?

  • @Roger Matthews : You are right, it does not appear "Open file location" for Metro Apps. But does appear for Windows Applications

  • It looks like the label for the app can be changed this way, but not a shortcut to a site you pin to the desktop using that application. We are stuck with the odd web address file mixture. Is there a way to name/rename this type of link?

  • Everything happened as explained but the icon wasn't changed. Tried it on several.

  • Does not work on windows 8 standard issue tiles only 3rd party tiles period as john states, please admit this does not work for all tiles as it clearly does not.

  • This only works for "programs" Unfortunately its the web sites that need this capability. It may be a limitation of the nature of the pinned item?

  • i would really like to change the app categories and where the actual tile shortcuts are placed by default. can that be done? thanks.

  • Is there any trick to using custom *.ico files? I can't seem to get any that I have created to work correctly for the tiles. but yet they work fine for desktop shortcuts. :-\

  • VG

    ^^ What happens when you set an .ICO file as icon for a shortcut? Start Screen should start showing the new icon for the tile. You can try to remove and then re-add the tile after changing its icon.

  • This works on some tiles, but on others it will not.

  • Hey, VG! Could you help me out? My windows 8.1 won't cooperate. The bar that usually shows up when you right click the tile won't show up. :/

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Very good. Problem fpr me is the type is too small to read. Can you change the font?

  • I hope we do get a tile coloring feature in Windows 10.............

  • I found that pinning from chrome allowed me to open the file location to change the name, but pinning from IE did not!

  • hello... i jst installed windows 8.1.
    i have some problems with that , that view of my folders icon remain unchanged. how to solve this prob?????

  • In my system it doesn't appear with right-click, but it does with long-press
    And in some applications "open file location" does't appear.
    But based on those that do appear, you can find all of them using windows explorer in either one or the other of two locations:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME HERE]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

  • This is so simple can we customize metro mode apps icons

  • Can the IE tile be copied, renamed and pointed to a specific URL?


  • VG

    ^^ You can rename, move or change path of almost any desired tile using this tutorial.

  • the folder shape doesn't change and remains in it's yellow shape

  • I followed these instructions to the tee and my "Change Icon" button is greyed out. Somehow, one of my applications has taken another application's icon as it's own. Not sure how this happened. I tried "repairing" the application, but may end up uninstalling and reinstalling it.

  • Is there a way to increase default icon size on every tile in start menu?

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