Windows Start screen

We explain how to return missing tiles to the Windows 8 Start screen.

QUESTION Yesterday all my Windows apps were working correctly and could be found from the Start screen. I decided to uninstall an app called Ginger because it was slowing down Microsoft Word. To do this, I downloaded Perfect Uninstaller and used it to remove Ginger. This worked, but this morning when I opened my laptop, some of my apps were missing from the Start screen, including standard ones such as Desktop and Store. How can I get these back?

HELPROOM ANSWER You can return the missing tiles to the Start screen easily, although you'll have to add them one at a time. Go to the Start screen and right-click the mouse somewhere on the background where there are no tiles or words. A button marked 'All apps' should appear at the bottom right of the screen. Click it to see small icons for all the applications currently installed on your computer. Locate an icon for one of your missing tiles and right-click it. At the bottom left of the screen, you'll see an icon marked 'Pin to Start'. Click it to return the missing tile to the Start screen.

Now go back to the Start screen. Your missing tile will have been added, but you will probably have to find it bit scrolling to the right. You can then drag it to your desired location on the Start screen.

Repeat this process for each of your missing tiles.

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