How to change the spacing between desktop icons for Windows 8? (Made Easy Series)

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Before, when using Windows 7, the icon spacing can be adjusted directly from the Window Color and Appearance of the Control Panel. But why is the place for modifying icon spacing nowhere to be found in Windows 8?


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First, please right-click on the Modern UI screen, then click All apps.


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Then, please click Run.


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Please enter "regedit," and click OK after you are done.


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If User Account Control appears, please click Yes.


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Then, please navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER - Control Panel - Desktop - WindowMetrics, then double-click on each of the IconSpacing (horizontal icon spacing) and IconVerticalSpacing (vertical icon spacing) respectively.


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Now, you are able to adjust the parameters for icon spacing. Please verify that the parameters are between -480 and -2750. After you are done, you must log off and log on again, and rearrange the icons in order to see the results.


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Article ID: 2805467 - Last Review: May 26, 2014 - Revision: 2.3
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  • Windows 8
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