How to Edit the Desktop Icons Spacing in Windows 8

Published June 12, 2015 by Admin

If you use Windows 8 operating system, you will find that there is no simple solution to customize your desktop icons spacing as other users can do in Windows 7. Some features in Windows 8 are totally different from those in Windows 7. But, if you want to change the desktop icons spacing in your Windows 8, there is another way! You can edit it via the registry. Now, let’s learn how to do that.

Note: Don’t forget to take a backup before applying any changes

Step 1: Press Win + R to bring up the Run box, then type “regedit” and hit Enter


Step 2: click Yes when the User Account Control window pops up

User Account Control

Step 3: Locate to this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Control Panel >> Desktop >> WindowMetrics

edit registry

Step 4: Find out the IconSpacing in the right panel of the registry and right click on it>select Modify…


Step 5: you will see in the Value data section, the data is -1125 by default. To change the the horizontal spacing, you only need to change it to from -480 to -2700. (Close to -480 will be less horizontal space and close to -2750 will be more horizontal space.) After you change it click Save or OK

change iconspacing

Step 6: Go back to the step 3, search for IconVerticalSpacing and right click on it>choose Modify…, and then do as step 5


Change IconVerticalSpacing

Step 7: Save all changes and that’s all! Now, you can go to the desktop to see the consequence.

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