Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

How do you set icon snap grid spacing?

  1. #1

    How do you set icon snap grid spacing?

    In Win 7 there was a window "Window Color and Appearance" that you accessed from Personalize/Color and could set a number of parameters including H and V icon grid spacing. I don't find it in Win 8.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Here's How You Change the Spacing

    Set a restore point and backup the registry if you want to be extra safe.

    In the registry find HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop/WindowMetrics.

    The two keys of interest are IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing.

    The default values are -1125 which represent H and V spacing of 90px (approximate).

    The formula is Spacing px = - Key value/12.5 (I have no idea why it is a negative value)

    I found that H and V Key values of -800 made nice spacing at 64px.

    Close the registry editor and reboot.

    Right click on the desktop, uncheck View/Align icons to grid then check View/Align icons to grid and they should snap to their locations.

    You might want to keep a larger H spacing to allow more characters in the caption and a smaller V spacing with the captions limited to one line.

    On my desktop I have 3 columns of icons for regularly used programs and files (mostly programs). Yes they take up some room but that's not a problem with two 24" monitors. Icons for always used programs are pinned to the task bar (browsers, email, windows explorer, a 2-pane file manager, Quicken). My "not used often" utilities are on the Start screen for handy one-button (windows key) and one-click access as metro tiles. The very few useful metro app tiles are also on the Start screen.

    Two important icons/tiles are duplicated on the desktop and start screen, Shutdown and Reboot with only one click. This is done using Steve Gibson's Wizmo which has been around for years and works with all versions of windows. GRC*|*WIZMO - Steve's Windows Gizmo**

    Click image for larger version
    Click on the image for a larger version

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

How do you set icon snap grid spacing?
Related Threads
Decided to do an orb pack for a newer game.. :) Enjoy! ;) -Made for the >smaller< Start Bar Preview: 45999 Download: 46000
Decided to do an orb pack for a newer game.. :) Enjoy! ;) -Made for the >smaller< Start Bar Preview: 45999 Download: 46000
Hi all, I just installed WIn8.1 Prox64 and I'm facing the following issue. I want to be able to adjust the desktop icons' spacing (vertical and horizontal), desktop icons font size, etc. In Windows 7 this was achieved by going to Personalization/Wndow Color/Advanced Appearance Settings and then...
Is this spacing of my "Other bookmarks" folder normal? Its annoying since the list spans too much
Solved Spacing in Word in Software and Apps
Morning all Writing a letter in Word but the lines are too far apart as you see here. Would some one please tell me how to close them up. arram.;)
I've read the info on how to change icon spacing on the DESKTOP here . I know how to use Ctrl and the scroll wheel to make icons larger or smaller in FILE EXPLORER. But that's not what I'm asking about either. I want to change the icon spacing in FILE EXPLORER. (while viewing icons as extra...
Icon Spacing in Windows 8 in General Support
There used to be an Icon Spacing somewhere in Personalize options in Windows 7, but i can't find in W8. It was Icon Spacing - Vertical and Horizontal.. Has MS removed it? :[
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook