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  1. CalBear37's Avatar
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    Desktop Icon Columns


    I have lots of shortcut icons on my desktop for files and programs. That means 2 or 3 columns of small icons. It would appear the Win 10 will only allow 1 column. I've messed with the icon spacing and vertical spacing (regedit) and the vertical spacing works but horizontal spacing seems to have no effect. Is that a feature or a problem?
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  2. JDobbsy1987's Avatar
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    Hi and Welcome to TenForums.

    Do you mean you would like to be able do this?

    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-00_20_41-windows-10-running-oracle-vm-virtualbox.png

    If so, make sure you have Auto arrange switched off (un-checked)

    Right Click Desktop >> View >> Auto arrange icons

    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-00_21_04-windows-10-running-oracle-vm-virtualbox.png


    Does that help?

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    Jamie
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  3. CalBear37's Avatar
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    I can move them anywhere I want with auto arrange turned off. In Win 8 and 7 auto arrange provides columns in Win 10 that doesn't work. Trying to keep 40 or more icons in order without auto arrange is a real pain. So... why is Win 10 different, feature or problem?
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  4. JDobbsy1987's Avatar
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    Are you referring to the desktop or the start screen (where the live tiles are)?
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  5. CalBear37's Avatar
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    JDobbsy1987 said:
    Are you referring to the desktop or the start screen (where the live tiles are)?
    Desktop, see my original posting.
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  6. JDobbsy1987's Avatar
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    I honestly don't know what you mean by columns on the desktop?

    Windows 8 had the ability of creating groups of apps on the start screen like this
    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-14_26_07-start-menu.png

    As for the desktop, you just drag icons to where you want them, not sure what you mean by columns on the desktop unless you are using a 3rd party app like rocket doc etc...
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  7. CalBear37's Avatar
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    JDobbsy1987 said:
    I honestly don't know what you mean by columns on the desktop?

    Windows 8 had the ability of creating groups of apps on the start screen like this
    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-14_26_07-start-menu.png

    As for the desktop, you just drag icons to where you want them, not sure what you mean by columns on the desktop unless you are using a 3rd party app like rocket doc etc...
    Icons also know as shortcuts. They look like this. They don't have to be shortcuts, they can actually represent files that are located in the desktop folder.
    Desktop Icon Columns-desktop.jpg
    Last edited by CalBear37; 02 Oct 2014 at 09:00.
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  8. JDobbsy1987's Avatar
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    I understand what an icon is however people use different terminology over the world so it's not always that simple.

    From your screen shot i can see 3 columns of shortcuts/icons... whats the issue?

    Here you can see i have a load of folders/icons
    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-15_02_20-.png


    And now i have sorted them into columns...

    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-15_03_02-.png


    Is this what you are wanting to do?
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  9. CalBear37's Avatar
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    JDobbsy1987 said:
    I understand what an icon is however people use different terminology over the world so it's not always that simple.

    From your screen shot i can see 3 columns of shortcuts/icons... whats the issue?

    Here you can see i have a load of folders/icons
    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-15_02_20-.png


    And now i have sorted them into columns...

    Desktop Icon Columns-2014-10-02-15_03_02-.png


    Is this what you are wanting to do?
    I want to use auto arrange. It keeps things neat and tidy for all those icons. If you turn it on it appears you can only make 1 column. When you try to move an icon to the right of the column a "line" like this appears in the existing column perhaps indicating the limit of icon placement.
    |------| That doesn't happen in previous versions of Windows.
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  10. JDobbsy1987's Avatar
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    Ah i see, i don't use the auto arrange feature to be honest.

    What OS have you been using when this works? Win 7 or Win 8?

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    Jamie
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