Windows 10: Changing Names on Start Menu tiles

Discus and support Changing Names on Start Menu tiles in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I have searched all over for a simple method of changing the names on start menu tiles, especially the ones relating to websites etc. Isn't it possible... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by rafg431, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. rafg431 Win User

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles

    I have searched all over for a simple method of changing the names on start menu tiles, especially the ones relating to websites etc. Isn't it possible for Microsoft to come up with a simple "right-click on tile" solution which would allow you to change the properties of the tile, including the name. I am totally fed up with seeing a lot of blue tiles on my desktop with the most ambiguous names. I would have thought that this problem would have been one of the first to be solved, unless I am the only person using the Windows 10 start menu!!

    rafg431, Apr 28, 2016

  2. Start menu options

    How does someone change individual tile names in windows 10? Wen I pin a web site or other to start menu the name appears as the web address but does not tell me what the tile is how can I change just the name of this individual tile?
    Teachartist, Apr 28, 2016
  3. Ade Mudge Win User
    Changing names on tiles Windows 10

    Hi, looks like you are having the same problems I was, hope this helps.

    The trick is to use internet explorer as described in second paragraph.

    I use a website frequently so I use the pin to start feature in edge, lets say I pinned "UKbank" to "start", great, except when it appears on "start" the name that appears just says login page, this is of no use to me so I try to rename it back to "Ukbank"
    except you cant! Plus the icon that appears is just a blue e instead of the sites icon.

    So the work around is to not use edge but use IE instead and use the add site to apps feature, then after the site appears in apps right click and pin to start which now gives us the sites proper icon, and we can now rename the tile by right clicking and
    selecting open file location and then changing the name of the shortcut, now it work great but what a long winded process just to get a nice looking tile with a good descriptive name. Some sites you don't want buried away in the favourites menu you want it
    right there on the start screen.

    Hope this helps

    Ade Mudge, Apr 28, 2016
  4. dalchina New Member

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles

    Hi, MS's policy with '10 appears to be to reduce superficial user configurability from themes to their update policy and the use of the store. This is presumably aimed at achieving consistency, and that goes across devices too.

    For apps from the store, which can be reinstalled fairly readily after, say, a fresh clean install or reset, that means you get consistency.

    I'm just a consumer like you- that's the only sort of explanation for why there isn't the flexibility you'd like.

    I use Classic Shell - in the folder containing the apps shortcuts, even there, right clicking those doesn't offer rename.
    dalchina, Apr 28, 2016
  5. rafg431 Win User
    Many thanks for your quick reply - I should have known it wasn't easy! I don't see what "consistency" has to do with it - after all, what is shown on my desktop is not shared with any other user.
    Kind Regards
    rafg431, Apr 28, 2016
  6. dalchina New Member
    Consistency applies in the bigger picture. In Win 10 settings can be shared between devices, for example. Then think networks and people moving between computers and mobile devices. MS wants us to experience a much more consistent product, consistently up to date - both windows updates and driver updates, and has progressively reduced our ability to modify its appearance as a desktop.

    The universal apps can be expected to fit that policy more rigidly.

    That said, Win 10 has plenty of idiosyncracies and peculiarities if you start poking it.
    dalchina, Apr 28, 2016
  7. Cliff S New Member
    For 3rd party desktop programs(not universal apps) you can change the tile names, by right clicking, selecting "More" then selecting "Open file location.
    This brings you to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    Then just rename the shortcut icon.
    Cliff S, Apr 28, 2016
  8. rafg431 Win User

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles

    Unfortunately, this doesn't work with tiles for websites. Right click and "More" just gives the option of turning the tile off. Not all tiles are for apps or programmes - a lot are used for quick access to websites (like the favourites toolbar options). Thank you anyway - I appreciate your reply.
    rafg431, Apr 28, 2016
  9. Cliff S New Member
    Do you mean, website Favorites/Bookmarks? How about if you rename the bookmark in the browser first?
    Cliff S, Apr 28, 2016
  10. rafg431 Win User
    I can't find a way to add a "Favourite" to the Start Menu (as a tile). Basically, I know how to add a web page address (as a tile). But how do I alter the name to something more sensible e.g the URL for tenforums is " I would like to create a tile on the start menu and name it "10 FORUMS". If I make it a favourite, I cannot find a way to add a Favourite to the START MENU as a tile.
    rafg431, Apr 29, 2016
  11. Cliff S New Member
    Which browser? Before I experiment around*chuckle
    Cliff S, Apr 29, 2016
  12. dalchina New Member
    Might be easier to add a link to your favourites folder in the start menu (LHS) here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    However, given the limited behaviour of the Win 10 start menu that would only open in explorer.

    If you added individual shortcuts to favourites in the same way, they'd just end up scattered throughout the start menu.

    Now (coughs !) Classic Shell allows the addition of my Favourites folder, and in 2 clicks it's expanded on my screen.
    dalchina, Apr 29, 2016
  13. rafg431 Win User

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles

    I use Chrome (and, of course) Edge. I already have a "Favourites folder" but I was hoping it would make like easier if I could add individual favourite websites and "personalise" the name on the tile. I am very grateful for your help.
    rafg431, Apr 29, 2016
  14. Cliff S New Member
    With Chrome got to the hamburger icon and select More Tools then select Add to desktop. This will create an "app"(more a link with icon & tile) It will create a desktop icon, and in all apps a folder called "Chrome Apps" when opened it will have the link. You then can put this on your Start Menu.

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles [​IMG]

    If you do not like the name given, right click the tile, select "More", then Open file location. Right click the shortcut there and rename it.

    Also on Chrome's Apps page it will have the icon too.

    Changing Names on Start Menu tiles [​IMG]
    Cliff S, Apr 29, 2016
  15. rafg431 Win User
    Brilliant! At last. Many, many thanks - just the job. Thanks to all contributors.
    rafg431, Apr 29, 2016

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