How to change spacing between Desktop Icons Windows 10

I just updated my Windows 10 to its new features release version 2004 and when it came back to the desktop after installing the update, I saw the spacing between the icon is increased. I totally didn’t like the way now they show the icons. I am not sure it’s only me that seeing the icon that way or Microsoft intentionally did that. So I decided to decrease the icon spacing so it looks a little bit compact and gets more icons on the desktop.

Change spacing between desktop Icons Windows 10

I couldn’t find any way to change icon spacing from the Windows 10 Settings. But, I found a registry modification that allows changing icons horizontal and vertical spacing. Here is how to do that.

  1. Press Windows + R key combination to open up the Run Windows, or right-click on the Start button and select the Run option.
  2. Type regedit in the text box and hit enter to open Windows Registry Editor.
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  3. Now navigate to the following folder in the registry editor.
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetricsHere, when you select the WindowsMetrics folder you will see the following two keys on the right side with the name:
    IconSpacing
    IconVerticalSpacing
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  4. As you can see the values of these two keys are -1700 in the Data column. We need to change it to ideal value -1100 of whatever you want.
  5. Double click the IconSpacing key to change its value to -1100 and repeat it for the IconVerticalSpacing key as well.
    change icon spacing windows 10
  6. As you can see the value for both keys is -1100.
    decrease desktop icon spacing
  7. Now, just Sign out from your account and Sign In back to see the changes.|compact icon spacing

You can tweak the value a little bit to adjust the spacing between icons as you like, for me -1100 is good on eyes and I can view more icons on the desktop.

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Did this happened with your desktop when you updated the Windows 10? Please leave a comment below and tell us If this guide works for you.

 

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