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When you use zoom out, the display of tiles shrinks so that you can see each group and work with it directly.
Click and drag any group to move it left or right. Right-click any group to giove that group a name. The checkmark indicates that a group is selected. Click the Name group button in the App bar at the bottom to open a box where you can enter a name for the group.
In this example, I've already given the middle group a name. When I click the Name button, the Office label will appear above the last group.
When you finish customizing groups, click any empty space on the Start screen to switch out of zoomed mode and back to the regular display of tiles.
One reason the switch between the desktop and background is so jarring is because the backgrounds are dramatically different.
My solution? Customize the Windows desktop background so it matches the color and pattern of the Start screen. I already created a custom background image. From the desktop, right-click that image and click this menu option to set it as the desktop background.
See the next screen for the result and an explanation of how I created a truly custom background.
This is the custom desktop background I'm using. If you think it looks a lot like the Start screen background, you're right. It's a copy of the Start screen that I tweaked with an image editor. Here's how:
1. From the Start screen, click the Zoom icon in the lower right corner to zoom out so that your tiles are shown in small groups.
2. Press Windows key + PrtScr to capture an image of the Start screen and save it in the Pictures folder as a PNG file named Screenshot.
3. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the Pictures library, right-click the Screenshot file you just created, and open it with an image editor. The built-in Paint program will do just fine.
4. Click the Select icon on the Home toolbar and use the mouse to select a solid color block equal in size to the picture of your zoomed tiles, Hold down Ctrl and drag that block over the tiles, so they disappear. Do the same with the user icon in the upper right corner.
5. The word Start appears in the top left of the captured screenshot. You can hide that label with a color to make the background image completely neutral. Or do as I did and use the Text control to replace the Start label with a Desktop label. I used Segoe UI Light, 44 points, to get a nearly perfect match.
After you add the custom image as your desktop background, tap the Start key to switch back to the Start screen. Tap Start again to return to the desktop. The transition is much smoother now, isn't it?