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Choose default programs
As with every previous Windows version, this edition of Windows designates certain apps and utilities as default file handlers. Photos, for example, use the "modern"/Metro-style Photos app, which displays a single image full screen and doesn't do well with folders full of images.
If you do most of your work on the desktop, you'll probably prefer the Windows Photo Viewer app instead. You might also want to adjust your default choices for handling PDF and audio files.
To get to the Set your default programs screen, press Windows key+W (Windows settings) and type default in the search box. Then click its entry in the results list.
Organize the Start screen
The complaint I hear most about the Start screen is that people want to go as quickly as possible to the desktop. If you're in that camp, drag the desktop tile from its default position in the lower right corner and drop it at the top of the first column.
Whatever tile is in that spot is the default choice when you go to the Start screen, which means you can get to the desktop by pressing Enter as soon as you see Start.
If you have other programs you want to get to quickly, move them into position underneath that primo spot, and then use arrow keys to navigate through the list, pressing Enter after you select the program you want to open.
Arrange Start screen tiles in groups
You can drag tiles around on the Start screen to change their position. If you drag a tile between two existing groups (or to the right of the last tile on the screen), you can create a new group made up of like items.
To move and rename entire groups, click the button in the lower right corner of the Start screen. That zooms the display out so you can see and work with groups. Right-click any group and then click the Name group app command to give it a descriptive heading, as I've done here.