How To Change Icon Spacing On Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Chuts, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Chuts

    Chuts New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    I can't find where, like in XP and Vista, to change the icon spacing (horizontal and vertical) on the desktop. Anyone knows? Thanks.
     
  2. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
    Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    5,116
    Likes Received:
    301
    Right click the desktop - personalize.
    Click Windows color - Custom at the bottom of the window.
    Click Open Classic appearance properties...etc again at the bottom of the window
    There you will find all your familiar options.
     
  3. Chuts

    Chuts New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ah! How sneaky! Thank you.
     
  4. Radenight

    Radenight New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    4,525
    Likes Received:
    108
    Sneaky indeed, I really don't know why MS messed with the desktop icons so much in Win 7.. I guess it would be more appropriate to say in Windows Vista as that's where the changes began but more came in Win 7... I for one like the small icons on my desktop and I like to spacing to be proper. I don't like having to make several adjustments to get them looking "right".. ;)
     
  5. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
    Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    5,116
    Likes Received:
    301
    As you can see - I have a lot of time on my hands lol.
     
  6. Radenight

    Radenight New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    4,525
    Likes Received:
    108
    lol, no prob, hey, that's how most of us figure out the "extra" options that aren't advertised as much.. by messing around..;)
     
  7. BasilA

    BasilA New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great help

    Thank you for the help. :D
     
  8. rgilinsky

    rgilinsky New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Re: Great help

    It's now June 2011, and I found the original posted reply by DaveHC, and I tried it. It worked ultimately, but the navigation is not quite what is in the post. I am running Win 7 Pro. The original post & reply doesn't specify which version of Windows. Perhaps different versions have different navigation rules. The steps I used are as follows:
    1. Right-click desktop and select 'Personalize' as DaveHC says.
    2. At the bottom of the screen in the center is an icon with the title 'Windows Color' - the word 'Custom' is nowhere to be found.
    3. Click this icon.
    4. The window that comes up is for setting the color of windows borders. At the very bottom is a link titled 'Advanced appearance settings..." not 'Open Classic appearance properties' as DaveHC says. Click this.
    5. A window will pop up ('Window Color and Appearance') with the XP-familiar interface for customizng the windows desktop appearance, including colors, fonts, and icon spacing.

    I'm posting this to smoothe the way for others who, like myself, may be puzzled by the posted navigation.
     
  9. BasilA

    BasilA New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Fantastic...Thank you:p
     
  10. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
    Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    5,116
    Likes Received:
    301
    Thankyoui for the update, rgilinsky. As you can see from the originals, the posts were made during the prerelease time. It was probably even before the Official Beta - I have no idea. hence no mention of which version, (there being only one at the time)

    It might be useful if you posted as a separate thread. In view of the antiquity of this one, members reading it may not notice and be a little confused.
    (Or perhaps a moderator could move your post, deleting the references to the original post, and then delete this thread as it is really redundant.?)
     
    #10 davehc, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011
  11. electromariner

    electromariner New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you davehc and rgilinsky. The post is still timely and accurate.
     

Share This Page

Loading...