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Start Screen - Metro Apps - Change Number of Rows in Windows 8

  1. #21


    New Hope, PA USA
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Hi, I have Sony Vaio Duo 11 with Windows 8 64bit. I run the "Official" final release of Windows 8 Pro. My Computer Screen resolution is 1080P (1920X1080 Native) , but the Modern UI does not let me increase the number of rows to more than 3.
    When I go to settings – the option to increase number of rows does not exist.
    I tried modifying the registry as described above and I have
    "Layout_MaximumRowCount" key set to 5 (also tried 6) – did not help.
    .The other two keys in the registry:
    “Layout_AvailableHeightCells” and
    “ Layout_MaximumAvailableHeightCells” both set at 3 and any attempt to change the value reverts back to 3 after reboot or re-logon.
    What is very strange is that when I change the screen resolution to a lower resolution like 1280 X 768 or any other value below 1080P - I get more rows in the UI.
    Also, the option on “PC Settings” à “Ease of Access” à “Make everything Samller’ is greyed out and a note states “Your PC display does not support this setting” – but I have the full HD 1080P display!
    I need some help on this. I hope someone has the solution.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Vlad, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if using the tutorial below to adjust your DPI scaling settings for the Start screen may help with your screen resolution set to (1920X1080 Native). You may need to try different values until you get it how you like it.

    DPI - Change for Modern UI in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #23


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello there, I'm new to the forums and I was looking through to find a way to reduce the maximum amount of columns allowed in each section of the windows 8 start screen.

    The first block has two columns while the second block has 4 columns. I organize my programs using these blocks, but I don't have enough apps to file this block of tiles up thus, i have two tiles that protrude out and makes it nasty looking.

    I have found this and much more information like this, but nothing to solve the problem.

    When I lower the row count, it lowers it horizontally and cause the protrusion to worsen. So, is there a way to limit the number of tiles in each block?
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  4. #24


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dave, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    For columns, about all you can do is organize them into groups how you like.

    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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  5. #25


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you. I was looking for a method to reduce the maximum tiles. But you are right, origination is the only thing that can be done in this case.
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  6. #26


    New Hope, PA USA
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Vlad, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if using the tutorial below to adjust your DPI scaling settings for the Start screen may help with your screen resolution set to (1920X1080 Native). You may need to try different values until you get it how you like it.

    DPI - Change for Modern UI in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn,

    Thank you very much for steering me to the right solution.

    I had to add a screen size key (which was not in my Registry)

    Then I set screen size 12.1" - this did not help.
    I then changed the screen size to 13" and this worked and produced 5 rows.

    I did not go any further (although my native screen resolution should be good for default 6 rows) - but I stopped at 5 - it is much better than 3.

    Wonder why we have to go through such mods to achieve what supposed to be automatic setting...

    Thanks again
    Vladimir
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  7. #27


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Vladimir,

    I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.

    It would be nice to have a nice UI option to be able to quickly change this without having to manually do it. Maybe in a future update.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Updated OPTION TWO in the tutorial to make changing the number of apps tile rows on your Start screen easier to do automatically with a VBScript file.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 679
    Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro/Windows 10 TP


    Brink (Shawn) I just discovered another resolution of 1280 x 900 which allows a Default/Maximum of 5 rows that can be added to the table contained in Option Three , step #6 of your tutorial.

    This resolution would be suitable for Laptops with a maximum height restriction of 900 (IE:1600 x 900) pixels & limited resolution settings.

    In my case I also had to add this resolution to the list of available resolutions as a custom resolution.
    Last edited by IownAmoneyPit; 12 Apr 2013 at 03:23.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you sir. Added.
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