Seven Windows 8 Workarounds

7. Killing Live Tiles

Live Tiles are like tiny portals into the soul of an application, and we can think of dozens of ways to use them to improve productivity. But they're also intrusive, and by default they might display pictures that users might never have intended to be made public. If you're hooked up to Facebook for example, its Live Tile rotates through the profile pictures of your friends, which are completely out of your control. One way to deal with this and keep seeing the images would be to long-click the Tile and move it to a less conspicuous Metro section. To disable the live feed (your only other choice), right-click the tile until its settings controls appear at the bottom of the screen (shown) and select "Turn live tile off."

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