Get Windows 10 Style Live Tiles in Windows 11

Are you disappointed that there are no Live Tiles in Windows 11? Want an easy and accessible way to view app information without having to open them all?

Do not worry; it is possible to get them back. Here’s how to add Windows 10 style Live Tiles to Windows 11.

What are living 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 email messages.

The list of apps compatible with Live Tiles was never huge. Several of the Microsoft apps have the option, along with a select few third-party apps. It was a Windows feature that wasn’t as well supported as it deserved. That’s probably why it didn’t come in Windows 11.

If you found Live Tiles a useful feature, the simplified Start menu in Windows 11 can feel like a step backwards. Fortunately, there is a way to get them back, although they don’t appear in the same way they do in Windows 10.

Install Live Tiles anywhere

The easiest way to get Live Tiles back, without using any of the apps that create a brand new kind 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. Or visit the Live Tiles Anywhere page through your browser.

Click the Get button to start the download and installation. You can then click Open to get started. You can also find the app in the main apps list in the Start menu.

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The app is free and contains no in-app purchases or ads. You can support the app developer through a donation if you want, but if not, you don’t have to pay anything.

Create Live Tiles in Windows 11

With the app installed and open on the screen, you can start creating your Live Tiles.

  1. Click on the All apps tab and find the app you want to create a Live Tile for.
  2. Right click on it and select Create a widget. A tile will then appear on the desktop. You can move the tile.
  3. Repeat this process to create all the Live Tiles you want to display.
  4. The tiles can be placed anywhere, individually or as a group. The tiles will click into a grid when placed close together.
  5. Clicking the Live Tile will open the app it points to. A restart may be necessary if the tile is not displaying live information.
  6. You can show the tiles or hide/unlock them by pressing . to push Win + Do.

How to Edit the Live Tiles

You can edit tiles as you create them, or after they are set up and placed on your desktop.

  1. Open the Live Tiles Anywhere app. You’ll see all the tiles you’ve created in the Custom Tiles Tab.
  2. 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.
  3. You can edit the visual style of the tiles, including how each different tile size looks.
  4. In the Element to run section, you can choose which app opens when you click the tile on the desktop. Or set the tile as non-clickable.
  5. You can also change the tile background and text color.
  6. When you’re done editing, click Save and Close editor.
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How to change the tile size and shape

The last thing you need to do is determine the size and shape of the tiles you want to display.

  1. In the app, select the Settings tab. Here you can change the corner radius of the tiles. Use the slider to change from square to round or anything in between.
  2. You can also choose whether the tiles click on a grid or can be placed freely.
  3. To change the size, right click on the Live Tiles on the desktop and choose from one of four size options.

Live Tiles are now back in Windows 11

While you can’t get Live Tiles back in the Start menu, adding them to the desktop may be even more user-friendly. You can add as much or as little as you like and customize them to suit your needs.

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