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  1.    01 Oct 2014 #1
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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.    01 Oct 2014 #2
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    Hi and Welcome to TenForums.

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

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

    Right Click Desktop >> View >> Auto arrange icons

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    Does that help?

    Regards,
    Jamie
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  3.    01 Oct 2014 #3
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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.    02 Oct 2014 #4
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    Are you referring to the desktop or the start screen (where the live tiles are)?
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  5.    02 Oct 2014 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
    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.    02 Oct 2014 #6
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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
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    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.    02 Oct 2014 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
    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
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    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.
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  8.    02 Oct 2014 #8
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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
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    And now i have sorted them into columns...

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    Is this what you are wanting to do?
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  9.    02 Oct 2014 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
    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
    Click image for larger version. 

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    And now i have sorted them into columns...

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    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.    02 Oct 2014 #10
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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?

    Regards,
    Jamie
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