HTML and CSS Reference
Tiles can be of two sizes: small or large. A small tile is a square box of 130 x 130 pixels; a large tile is
about twice that wide. In Figure 13-3, the Microsoft Internet Explorer tile being moved is a small one;
the Mail tile in the top-left corner is an example of a large one.
Tiles for custom applications are always created as small tiles; the size can be changed only by
the user, through the context menu. Resizable tiles are a challenge for developers who want to add
notifications to their applications. As you'll see later in the exercise, you should plan to use different
graphical templates for small and large tiles.
In Figure 13-2, you saw the Unpin From Start menu item. That option lets users remove a given
application from the Start screen. Note that unpinned is not the same as uninstalled . Unpinned simply
means removing an application from the list of applications visible in the Start screen, whereas
uninstalled means that the application has been fully removed from the device.
To retrieve an unpinned application later, simply swipe from the bottom of the device (or
right-click outside of any tiles). In doing so, you bring up a context menu with a button that gives you
access to the full list of installed applications, which includes unpinned applications (see Figure 13-4).
Another option is to start typing the name of an application from the Start screen; the UI will limit the
display to only those applications whose names match the typed characters.
FIGURE 13-4 The list of all installed applications.