This article will help you to convert the native Metro Apps access pathway into a simple Desktop shortcut using freeware “OblyTile”.
We’ve covered a series of important tiles on Windows 8 since long time in past. As we have quoted many times that there are a lot of hidden possibilities exists for Windows 8. One of the most anticipated and highly desired features lacking in Windows 8 is the ability to pin Modern (Metro) apps to the taskbar. Microsoft doesn’t seems to be making it possible to do. So the only option we have to use third-party app to do that.
Although third party apps is not recommended by Microsoft as they oppose the company End User License Agreement (EULA). However, due to need of customization, we can rely upon some of the well rated third-party apps. “OblyTile” is one such app. This little app can be used freely to bring out the possibility we’re talking above. Using OblyTile, you can make a tile simply and embed anything in it like URL, file location or a folder path.
This is of course beneficial to those one who like to more and more items to their Start Screen. Addition of tiles is simple, and you can drop any interesting image for tile background as per you requirement.
So without wasting your time anymore, lets share you the way to keep this method working, it is illustrated in following points:
1. Download the OblyTile setup using following link. The run the setup file as administrator of your account.
2. On running the setup, you’ll get above shown window. Fill the formal entries there, like the tile name, tile type and its corresponding data. For tile image, cut your desired image in 120×120 pixel format. Tile small image is of format 30×30 pixel, will be used to display tile in search results.
3. Finally, pick the tile background color, its important if you do not want to use any image. Lastly, click Create Tile after specifying its priority to run. As soon as click Create Tile, a message for confirmation of done is displayed. Here is your created tile :
4. You can also access the Tile Manager using last icon at top right bottom of tool’s window, where you can edit or delete previously created tiles.
5. Now lets unveil the foremost feature and its the tendency to create shortcuts for native Windows 8 Metro Apps, here is that:
Answer: Enter the URL to the site you wish to visit. This will open the site in the default browser. You can also create shortcuts specifically to your chosen browser and input the URL in the program arguments field.
Answer: Windows 8 and OblyTile support tiles in png format up to 200kB in size. The resolution is less important than the file size, although the recommended resolution for tiles is at least 120×120 and no larger than 256×256.
Answer: The creator of OblyTile is hard at work on trying to find a way to support creation of rectangular (2 column wide) tiles. He does not currently have an ETA on when or if this will ever work.
Answer: Right click on the tile on the start menu and click “Unpin from Start“.
Answer: Set the program path to “C:\Windows\explorer.exe” (or wherever Windows is installed) and set the program arguments to “Shell:MyComputerFolder“.
Hope you enjoyed the tool…!