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ICONspacing Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]I like my desktop neat and tidy, and I keep the number of icons down to a minimum. I also prefer to have them all lined up using the “Align to grid” function. However.

Since I prefer to use small icons, I found the standard grid size to be too big, making my desktop look untidy and hard to look at. Being a graphics designer I care about these things maybe just a tad too much, but I did find a solution, other than using a non-grid layout.

Reducing the grid-size in Windows

If you take a look at the “before” picture you see all my neat, small icons lined up using the standard grid-size. The waste of space between them annoyed me. Manually re-positioning the icons (without locking them to the grid) is tiresome and need constant monitoring to keep it neat. In order to lock the icons to a smaller we need to use the “OLD” windows appearance settings. If you use Windows XP, disregard the “old” comment.

Icon advanced Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]From Windows 7 (or Vista)

  1. Right click the desktop and select Personalize.
  2. Open Windows Color and Appearance (Click the Color-Icon underneath the Theme window)
  3. Click “Advanced Appearance Settings”.
  4. Look for the horizontal and/or vertical icon-spacing in the drop-down menu (I chose to edit the vertical spacing only).
  5. icon vertical space Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]
    Reducing the number will squeeze the icons closer together (I ended up with a setting of 28 that suited my screen-resolution and icon-size).

From Windows XP

  1. Right-click the desktop, and click Properties.
  2. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab.
  3. Click the Advanced button.
  4. Look for the horizontal and/or vertical icon-spacing in the drop-down menu (I chose to edit the vertical spacing only).
  5. icon vertical space Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]
    Reducing the number will squeeze the icons closer together (I ended up with a setting of 28 that suited my screen-resolution and icon-size).

The result

icon neater Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]Looking at the before and after picture clearly shows a neater and prettier layout. And there you have it.



 Reducing icon Gridsize in Windows [Quick Tip]

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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  • Meme

    Windows 7 doesn’t need icons

  • Bloodsuckingcomputer

    there is also another way of resizing icons of which easier with win7 in my opinion,
    click on empty space on the desktop,hold down the ctrl button while scrolling your mouse wheel….ta..da….your got your icons the way that you like…;)

    • Anonymous

      Nice tip.
      Thank you for bringing it to our attention :-)

    • Praveen kumar

      I too prefer this way as its way too simple.

  • Dejesusr147

    Very Nice..


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