Adjusting desktop icon spacing in Windows 7
Q: Windows Vista allowed me to specify Icon Spacing (Horizontal) and Icon Spacing (Vertical) from an Advanced button on a Display Properties screen from within Control Panel. How do I navigate to this same control within Windows 7? It is probably in your fine book. I just can’t find it.
A: With today’s mixture of monitor sizes, changing your desktop icon spacing makes a world of difference in how your desktop looks, feels, and behaves.
Just as with Windows Vista (and Windows XP), Windows 7 lets you adjust the space between your desktop’s icons. However, Microsoft moved the setting in Windows 7. To find it, follow these steps:
- Right-click a blank part of the Desktop and choose Personalize.
- Click the Windows Color icon near the bottom of the Personalize window.
- Choose Advanced Appearance Settings at the bottom of the Window Color window. (The familiar Windows Color and Appearance window appears.)
- In the Item drop-down list, choose either Icon Spacing (Horizontal) or Icon Spacing (Vertical) and choose the desired spacing in the Size box.
- Click Apply to test your changes. Not perfect? Head back to Step 4 and experiment until you find spacing you like.
- Choose OK when you’ve spaced them to meet your needs.
Posted: September 8th, 2009 under Windows 7.
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