Are you disappointed that there is no Live Tiles in Windows 11? Want an easy and accessible way to see app info without having to open each one?
Do not worry ; it is possible to recover them. Here’s how to add Windows 10-style Live Tiles to Windows 11.
What are Live Tiles?
Introduced in Windows 8 and carried over to Windows 10, Live Tiles are designed to display “live” information in the Start menu. This automatically updated information can be your latest photos, latest news, calendar events or emails.
The list of apps compatible with Live Tiles has never been huge. Several of Microsoft’s apps have this option, as well as a few select third-party apps. It was a Windows feature that was not as well supported as it could have deserved. That’s probably why it didn’t make it into Windows 11.
If you find Live Tiles a handy feature, Windows 11’s simplified Start menu might seem like a step backwards. Fortunately, there is a way to recover them, although they are not displayed the same way as in Windows 10.
How to Install Live Tiles Anywhere
The easiest way to get Live Tiles back, without using one of the apps that create a whole new type of Windows 11 Start menu, is to use the Live Tiles Anywhere app.
Open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 11 computer and search for Live Tiles Anywhere. You can also visit the Live Tiles Anywhere page through your browser.
Click the Get button to begin downloading and installing. You can then click Open to begin. You can also find the application in the main list of applications in the Start menu.
The app is free and does not include in-app purchases or ads. You can support the app developer via a donation if you wish, but otherwise there is nothing to pay.
How to Create Live Tiles in Windows 11
Once the application is installed and open on the screen, you can start creating your Live Tiles.
- Click it All apps tab and find the app you want to create a live tile for.
- Right click on it and select Create a widget. A tile will then appear on the desktop. You can move the tile.
- Repeat this process to create the live tiles you want to display.
- Tiles can be positioned anywhere, individually or in groups. Tiles will line up on a grid when close together.
- Clicking on the live tile will open the app it refers to. A restart may be required if the tile does not show live information.
- You can keep the tiles displayed or hide/reveal them by pressing Win+D.
How to Edit Live Thumbnails
You can edit tiles as they are created or after they are configured and placed on your desktop.
- Open the Live Tiles Anywhere app. You will see all the tiles you have created in the Custom Tiles tab.
- Right click on a tile and select Edit. At the top of the tile editor are several buttons to save, refresh, test, and save your changes.
- You can change the visual style of the tiles, including the appearance of each different tile size.
- In the Item to run section, you can choose which application is opened when you click on the thumbnail on the desktop. Or set the thumbnail as non-clickable.
- You can also change the background and color of the thumbnail text.
- When you’re done editing, click to safeguard and Close editor.
How to change tile size and shape
The last thing to do is decide on the size and shape of the tiles you want to display.
- In the app, select the Settings tab. Here you can change the corner radius of the tiles. Use the slider to go from square to circular or something in between.
- You can also choose whether the tiles line up on a grid or can be placed freely.
- To change the size, right click on the Live Tiles on the desktop and choose one of the four size options.
Live Tiles are now back in Windows 11
While you can’t get Live Tiles back to the Start Menu, being able to add them to the desktop might be even more user-friendly. You can add as many or as few as you want and customize them to suit your needs.