Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10

    Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10

    How to Change Desktop Icon Horizontal and Vertical Spacing in Windows 10
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    How to Change Desktop Icon Horizontal and Vertical Spacing in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Icon horizontal spacing is for how wide (left/right) the desktop icon will be. The wider it is, the more text that will display for the icon's name without it having to be highlighted.

    Icon vertical spacing is for how much vertical (up/down) empty space there is inbetween the icons on your desktop to separate them with.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the horizontal and vertical spacing of the icons on your desktop to what you want in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Desktop Icon Horizontal and Vertical Spacing
    Note   Note
    This is just an example to help show what your desktop icons can look like with different horizontal and vertical spacing settings when highlighted and not highlighted. The settings you use below will determine how much more or less space your icons will have.


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    Here's How:

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshots below steps 4A and 5A)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics


     4. To Change the Desktop Icon "Horizontal" Spacing

    A) In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on IconSpacing to modify it. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Type in a value between -480 to -2730, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The default value is -1128. The minimum amount of space is -480, and the maximum is -2730.


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     5. To Change the Desktop Icon "Vertical" Spacing

    A) In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on IconVerticalSpacing to modify it. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Type in a value between -480 to -2730, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The default value is -1128. The minimum amount of space is -480, and the maximum is -2730.


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    6. When finished, close Registry Editor.

    7. Sign out and sign in to apply.

    8. You may need to repeat the tutorial a few times until you have each of the desktop icon horizontal and vertical spacing values set just how you like it.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    07 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    @Brink, Shawn... another little trick for desktop icon spacing. Hold down the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel back/forward. Dynamic re-sizing!
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  2.    07 Dec 2015 #2
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    Yep, that's a good one for the icon size.
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  3.    24 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,382
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    Just found this which uses DesktopOK to change the spacing graphically. I use DesktopOK to remember Desktop icon positions anyway so being able to adjust spacing using the same program is great,

    Customize icon spacing on the windows 10 desktop
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