Desktop Icon Spacing – Why are my icons smushed dammit?

I decreased my resolution on my computer screen and now my icons are to close. There are to options to fix this the first being holding the control key and scrolling the mouse button (up typically increases).

If the method above does not give you the results you desire (icons to big), then you can adjust the spacing manually through registry editor. Type in “Registry Editor” and select it from the app list.

Once open, follow the path (Computer – HKEY_CURRENT_USER – Control Panel – Desktop – WindowMetrics) to the icon spacing panel. (Backup your registry values)

To increase your spacing increase the negative number. In the example above, I increased the number from -1125 to -1995 horizontally and vertically increase the spacing from -1125 to -1500. Double click the word IconSpacing and the panel below on the Left will open. To adjust your vertical width, double click IconVerticalSpacing” and the panel below to the Right will open. Adjust to your liking.

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It may take a couple of times of changing and restarting to get the spacing to your liking. Remember, when changing the registry, make a backup of the file or write down your original numbers in case you need to revert back.

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