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You can customize the Start screen by adding icons that represent files or folders, including shared network drives.
If you keep your working files in a group of common locations, I recommend adding shortcuts to the Start screen so you can open those locations in Windows Explorer and switch to the Windows desktop with one quick click. See the next screen to see the icons I chose to add.
(Oh, and did you notice how different this desktop background looks from the custom background you chose for the Start screen? We'll fix that shortly.)
I've finished adding shortcuts to the Start screen. Note that each desktop icon appears as a square tile, with a background color that matches the Start screen background. Each tile has a small icon and a label that matches the name of the program or folder.
That group of eight tiles is cluttered and will be much easier to use if the tiles for Office programs and folders are in separate groups. To create a new group, drag a single tile to the right until you see a faint vertical bar, as shown here. Release the icon to create the new group.
Continue dragging tiles to move them into the groups (and the position within each group) that you prefer. The positions you assign here remain fixed. If you add more icons to a group than will fit in the current number of rows, Windows starts a new column at the right.
Each of these groups contains the right tiles, but there's something missing. To change the order of groups, or to add a name to any group, you need to use a feature called semantic zoom.
You could hold down the Ctrl key and use the mouse wheel to zoom out so you can work with groups. But there's an easier way.
As you move the mouse, Windows displays a small Zoom icon in the lower right corner of the Start screen. If you move the mouse all the way into the lower right corner, you also see the Charms bar, in white, as shown here.
Click that small Zoom icon in the lower right to zoom out. The next screen shows you the zoomed view.