How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10

1. Three Steps to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10

Step 1. Press Windows+R simultaneously, and then a new window is opened. Type “regedit” in the blank, and click the button of OK.

type regedit in the new window

Step 2. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER> Control Panel> Desktop> WindowMetrics

navigate to windowmetrics

To change desktop icon horizontal spacing, double click IconSpacing to modify the value. You can choose any value from -480 to -2730 (-480 represents the minimum and -2780 represents the maximum). Then tap OK.

double click iconspacing to change horizontal spacing

To change desktop icon vertical spacing, double click IconVerticalSpacing. You can set any value between -480 to -2730 the same way. Tap OK to save changes.

double click iconverticalspacing

Step 3. Log off or restart the computer, the changes would be made to the icons on the desktop.

Tips: You can set different value for the vertical and the horizontal icon spacing from -480 to -2730 according to your preference, as you may want wider or narrower icon space between the rows or columns. You can try a few more times to get your ideal desktop icon spacing.

2. Extensions: Two Ways to Resize Desktop Icon

Do you want to make your desktop icon larger or smaller? Two ways here help you resize your desktop icons easily.

Way 1. Right kick an empty space on the desktop. Select View and choose Large iconsMedium icons, or Small icons. The default one is Medium icons.

right kick an empty desktop space and select view

Way 2. Right kick an empty space on the desktop, select View and tick Auto arrange icons. Press Ctrl, and then slide the mouse’s roller (larger forward, smaller backward).

select view and choose auto arrange icons

Tips: If you don’t tick Auto arrange icons at first, when desktop icons are resized, the arrangement of desktop icons will be disordered.