We all know that you can easily change the desktop icon size in Windows by holding down the CTRL key and rolling your mouse wheel. This is a down-and-dirty way to re-size your icons but the spacing remains the same. This week’s Quick Tips article will show you how to take control of the vertical and horizontal icon spacing and get everything just how you want it to look– right down to the pixel.
Change Icon Spacing
- Open the Windows Registry
- Drill down to this Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
That should bring you here:
The default spacing for both settings is -1125. The allowable range for each of these settings is from -480 (smallest space) through -2730 (largest space).
Note: No, I wasn’t brave enough to see what would happen with values outside this range. You’re on your own for that one! 🙂
You will have to sign out, then back into Windows for your changes to take effect. I will let you play around with this on your own until things look just right.
As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,