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Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View


    I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Here is a printscreen of a portion of my desktop so you can see what I'm talking about:
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  2. #2


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Well, just after posting this, I finally managed to fix this problem. Here is how I did it if anyone else runs into this issue.

    1. Run regedit
    2. Go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop"
    3. Locate the "LogicalViewMode" and "Mode" keys
    4. Bring up the Windows Task Manager.
    5. Kill the "explorer.exe" task. Any changes to the keys made above will not take while explorer.exe is running.
    6. Change "LogicalViewMode" to 3 and "Mode" to 5.
    7. In the Windows Task Manager, click the File > Run New Task option, type in "explorer" and push enter
    8. Your icons should be returned to their normal state.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View
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