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How to change icon spacing in Windows 10 desktop

Changing the icon size and spacing on a Windows 10 desktop might not seem strictly necessary but some upgraders from Windows 8 have seen issues with poor spacing, small fonts and other oddities. If you’re one of them, here’s how to change icon spacing in Windows 10 desktop.

Option 1
1. Clear the desktop.
2. Hover the mouse over an empty space.
3. Hold down the Ctrl key and scroll your mouse wheel up and down to scale the icons.

Option 2
1. Right click on an empty part of the desktop and select Display settings.
2. Select ‘Change the size of text, apps and other items’.
3. Scale to suit and repeat on each monitor if you have multiple monitors.

Option 3
1. Navigate to Settings, Display, Advanced display settings (link at bottom of window).
2. Select Advanced sizing of text and other items.
3. Adjust each item to suit.

Option 4
1. Open REGEDIT.
2. Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics’.
3. Change the figures in IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing and adjust until you’re completely happy.

Adjusting IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing takes a little trial and error but usually they will end up with the same value. A typical spacing example is -1125, try it and see if it works for you.

Those are four equally effective ways of tweaking every aspect of icon spacing within the Windows 10 desktop. Even the most particular Windows user should be able to find a setting here that will get the Windows desktop just right!

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How to change icon spacing in Windows 10