Tiles is a program that lets users create multiple desktops of related programs, files, and links through the use of a customizable sidebar on the Windows desktop. By holding the shift key and dragging programs onto the sidebar, Tiles will create a thumbnail of the application, keeping the desktop organized and easy to navigate.
The new version of Tiles adds full support for Windows light and dark modes, as well as Stardock’s Curtains program, which will allow for a fully cohesive desktop look. The program will also work perfectly with Groupy, allowing groups to show up together in Tiles in order to maintain the best possible organization.
“It’s important that we keep our apps up to date with changes in technology,” said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. “One of the things the new Tiles focuses on is high DPI support for modern monitors and general performance increases across the board in order to use less PC resources.”
To provide better organization, users can now customize whether certain Tiles categories show only maximized or minimized windows. This feature is especially helpful for multi-monitor setups, allowing users to view tiles on one monitor and click through to apps and tasks they can utilize on their main monitor.
Although plenty has changed for Tiles in v2.0 to make it a better program for users, there are a few fan favorite features that remain. Tiles is still fully touch-ready for Windows tablet users and is still completely customizable, allowing for custom backgrounds and color schemes.
The beta version of Tiles v2.0 is now available on Stardock’s Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancements, with a full release to all users coming soon. Object Desktop includes programs such as Fences, Start10, Groupy, SoundPackager, DeskScapes and Multiplicity.
It’s already been an exciting year for Stardock software – and it’s only February! We are working on DeskScapes 11 still (you can see some previews and walkthroughs), but today I’d like to focus on our newly released beta for Tiles – what’s already there, and also what new things are coming to the app with the latest version.
If you’re unfamiliar with the software, Tiles is a program that lets you create multiple desktops of related programs, files, and links through the use of a customizable sidebar on your Windows desktop. You can drag programs onto the sidebar by holding the shift key; it will then create a thumbnail of that application so that you can find it easily.
You can have multiple pages of Tiles and categorize and label them anyway you wish, allowing you to organize your tasks in an efficient and visually appealing way. You can click through your lists of tiles and swipe left/right easily to access your other groups. Additionally, you can adjust the size and position of where your Tiles bar sits.
Speaking of organization, I think my favorite Tiles feature is new to v2.0. In settings, I can change it so that certain Tiles categories show only maximized or minimized Windows. This is especially great for a 2-monitor setup, since I can keep the tiles on one monitor and easily click through to apps and tasks that I can utilize on my main monitor.
In my case, I made it so that my Tiles pages wouldn’t show any of my minimized apps, so whenever I had something open it would leave the list, making it easier for me to find my other tasks. You can also filter what types of apps go into which Tiles groups.
Of course, we would be terribly remiss if we released a software product like this that didn’t have some additional level of visual customization available. You can find several different style and color options right from within the app so that you can curate your desktop experience.
The new Tiles is also fully compatible with both light and dark modes for Windows, plus it fully integrates with our Curtains app. All of these great updates will allow you to achieve a perfectly cohesive desktop look that’s suited to your tastes.
Tiles coordinates well with the way I work. I have found that I really like keeping a tiles page with all of my different writing documents on it so that I can flip between them. This is especially handy during product releases when I might be working on 4+ things all at the same time. Also, if you look above, you’ll notice some smaller tiles beneath one of my bigger ones. Those are tiles that I have grouped together using Groupy. I love that I can see them all together like that!