Icon spacing

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    Icon spacing

    How can I space the icons on desktop?

    How can I make text bigger where I can read it OK? Like when I type in a web address in the bar.

    Some of my icons or huge and some are small.

    Please help

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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    This is how I did:

    1. Right click on desktop->Display Settings and set it 150%. NOTE: If you have dual monitors, click on other monitor and do the same.
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    2. Control Panel->Display->Set a custom scaling level, again set it to 150%, Change the text size for each item: Menu, Title, icon etc... then click apply

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  3. Slartybart's Avatar
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3

    For icon size on the desktop, try this old trick:
    requires a wheeled mouse!

    click any open area on your desktop
    press and hold the Ctrl key
    mouse wheel in on direction to increase the icon size
    mouse wheel the other direction to decrease the icon size

    Spacing can be changed in the registry
    WinKey+R [ regedit ]
    answer the UAC prompt
    navigate to
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
    look in the right hand pane for the following two Values


    change the numbers that represent the spacing to what looks best for you.
    The values must be between -480 and -2750

    I think the default is -1175 (pixels?).
    Why a negative number ??? Not sure, but in some places that indicates a resource value.

    I tend to keep the spacing 'squared' - the same distance for vertical and horizontal.
    Make small changes, but large enough to get an idea of what the the layout will look like when you're happy with your work.
    This is a trial and error - and it's not automatic ... you have to either log off and back on or restart Windows Explorer (not sure about the latter)
    To restart Windows Explorer - open task manager, scroll down to Windows Explorer, select and press the restart button or right click and select restart from the context menu.

    Seeing what you see always helps members on this side of your monitor.
    Here's how you can grab a screen shot that shows the issue and attach it to a new post.
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