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Changing desktop icon spacing

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    Changing desktop icon spacing


    I can't find where to change the desktop icon spacing (vertical and horizontal) in 8.1.
    Is it no longer possible to do without using regedit?
    Thanks.

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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Do you mean right click Desktop > choose View > untick align icons in grid, so you can place them where you wish?
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    No. I mean space between icons. It used to be (at least in Windows 7) somewhere in the personalize settings. You could change the number of pixels between icons and much more about the desktop. Now in Windows 8.1 I can't find it.
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    Sorry I can't help then. I never needed to do that, So I've never seen/noticed it before.
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    Thanks. Anyone else?
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    I know that in Windows 7, CTL-PNL --> Personalization --> Window Color and Appearance will do what you want. However, I do not have Win8 or 8.1, so I do not know if such exists in those versions.
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    You are correct. That's where it is in Windows 7 . but it's not there in Windows 8.1 so they must have moved it. I can't imagine that they removed it. What would they gain by removing an already available tool?
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    I guess they did remove it and I will need to do it through the registry. Darn. That's a shame.
    Thanks for the link topgundcp.
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    One more point.

    I made the registry changes, rebooted and discovered that nothing changed!

    Then I stumbled upon a website that said one should next hold Ctrl and scroll up and down. That did it. I wonder if the Ctrl mouse scroll would have worked without the registry changes. Hmm.
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