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How to adjust desktop icon labels font size, spacing, etc?


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#1
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 you'd have a drop down menu with many items to be able to adjust. In Windows 8.1 it seems that this list is much more limited or impossible. Am I missing something or otherwise is there a 3rd party tweaker for this? Thanks
 

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Thanks Flatiron and Brink.
Brink, regarding your link "Advanced Appearance Settings - Change Text Size for Items in Windows 8" , I've been there when customizing my new Windows8.1x64 installation and that's what I meant when saying that Win8.1 provides more limited options to customize the desktop icons as compared to Windows7.
Regarding your link "Advanced Appearance Settings - Backup and Restore in Windows - Windows 7 Help Forums" that's really cool. So if I apply those steps will I be able to replicate the Windows 7 desktop icons and menus appearance (font size, spacing, title bar color, etc etc) in Windows 8.1? If it works this will solve my issue.

P.D.: I'm still using Win7 until I can sort this out. Installed Win8 in another SSD.
 

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Yep, it'll work for all advanced appearance settings but the color settings since those only work when using a classic theme that's not available in Windows 8/8.1.
 

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Yep, it'll work for all advanced appearance settings but the color settings since those only work when using a classic theme that's not available in Windows 8/8.1.
So then what settings are applied when merging the "Colors_Backup.reg" file? Thanks
 

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#7
That would be used to restore it's settings in Windows 7. It's of no use in Windows 8/8.1.
 

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So then the only Advanced Appearance setting that I can backup in Windows 7 and later restore in Windows 8 is the WindowMetrics_Backup.reg file? Thanks again
 

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That's correct. :)
 

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Brink, is there a list of the display properties included in the WindowMetrics_Backup.reg file?
 

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The registry key below is what is exported as the WindowMetrics_Backup.reg file. You could compare the registry values to what you see in Advanced Appearance Settings in Windows 7 to help see what's listed. :)

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics
 

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Hi Brink, I just tested the backup method and unfortunately it didn't work. The Desktop Icons spacing and Icon's text font size was not replicated. :think:
 

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Did you sign out/on or restart the computer after merging the .reg file to apply it?
 

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Did you sign out/on or restart the computer after merging the .reg file to apply it?
Hi Brink, yes of course I did, I followed your instructions precisely. I only merged the WindowMetrics_Backup.reg file as you said that the Windows 7 colors cannot be restored in Windows 8.1.
As an alternative to Desktop Icon Spacing adjustment I could try your other suggested method?
Is there an alternative to restoring the WindowMetrics or adjust the Desktop Icon font size?
 

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Yeah, that alternative would work for Desktop icon spacing as well. It's for the same WindowMetrics key in the registry, but only setting the specific IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing string values in it instead.

I'm not sure about the Desktop icon font size, if it won't work with the backup.
 

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    1920x1080
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