Displaying Administrative Tools on the Start Screen

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 1, 2014)

Administrative Tools are a collection of nuts-and-bolts applications that you use to, well, "administer" your system. They include programs that allow you to manage your disk drive, manage devices, adjust security settings, etc.

If you envision using such tools often, you may want them displayed on the Start screen. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Make sure the Start screen is displayed. (In other words, don't do these steps from the desktop.)
  2. Press Win+C. Windows displays the Charms bar at the right side of the screen.
  3. Click the Settings button. Windows displays the Settings task pane.
  4. Click the Tiles option. Windows displays two options in the task pane. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. Choosing to display Administrative Tools.

  6. Click the Show Administrative Tools slider; it should change to Yes.
  7. Click on the Start screen, anywhere except in the task pane. The task pane disappears.

Shortly you'll note that the number of tiles on the Start screen increases. What you've added is the Administrative Tools. You can now use the tools, as desired.

 This tip (13221) applies to Windows 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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