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Controlling Live Tile Behavior Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8 gives you some control over how Live tiles behave. To do it, display the Charms bar by pressing Windows key+C, and then clicking Settings→Tiles. If you’d want to clear all information currently displayed on your tiles, click Clear (See image below).

you-can-wipe-your-Live-tiles-clean-and-start-fresh Controlling Live Tile Behavior Windows 8

You can wipe your Live tiles clean and start fresh

The old information vanishes, and only new information will appear. If your service provider charges you for bandwidth or has a data transfer usage limit, you can save on bandwidth by limiting the amount of data Live tiles use. Do the following steps

  1. Go to the “Data used for tile updates” section
  2. Navigate to the drop-down menu
  3. Choose how much data you want to allow for updating your tiles with new information.
  4. You can choose from 50 MB, 100 MB, 200 MB, 300 MB, 400 MB, and unlimited.


Those numbers refer to the amount of data use in a given month. Once you reach the limit for Live tiles you have set for that month—100 MB, for example—the tiles will tell you that there is new information, but won’t display it.

Hint: On the top of the Tiles Settings screen you will notice an odd option: “Show administrative tools.” Typically it is turned off. If you switch it on, a whole host of Microsoft Windows 8 administrative tools appear as tiles on the Microsoft Windows 8 Start screen— Device Manager, Disk Cleanup, and many others. And if install you the Remote Server Administration Tools to use Microsoft Windows 8 as a management workstation for your networking environment, this folder gets filled with even more tools.

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