Windows 7 Small Desktop Icons

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  1. gwb

    gwb New Member

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    Hi folks,

    Enjoying Win 7 so far. I do find the desktop icons a bit too big and this cuts down on the deskop real estate.

    Can someone point out if and where it can be adjusted. Wasn't able to find an adjustment yet.

    thanks,
     
  2. gavin19

    gavin19 New Member

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    Left-click in an empty portion of the desktop and hold in 'CTRL' and then scroll down on the mouse wheel to reduce icon size to your preferred size.

    Hope that helped :)
     
  3. SyK

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    omg, i was looking for it too, forgot its like anything like Word, IE, ...

    Thnks Gavin

    But isn't there a place like in XP where you could also adjust the space between icons?
     
  4. gavin19

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    Yes, but a lot of these minor display configuration options seem to have been removed from W7 unfortunately. I don't know if this is even possible any longer :(
     
  5. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    To make this much more easier, right-click on the desktop and choose personalize, now click windows color and choose icon spacing under the drop-down menu



    Backup the following registry key before attempting this:

    Icon spacing is available in Windows properties or through the registry.

    Open regedit and navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

    In the right pane there is an entry named IconSpacing. The default is 1125.

    To space them further apart, set the value to 925 which will place them closer together and the size will not be as large.

    Change the IconVerticalSpacing to 925 as well.
     
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  6. gwb

    gwb New Member

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    That worked well. Icons still a bit plump but much better now.

    Thanks,
    Art
     
  7. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    You can also change the icon size if you like:

    Go to the same place mentioned at the top of the other post and choose Icon from the drop-down menu and you can select a custom size here.
     
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    Thanks man that's so cool!:cool:
     
  9. iroken22

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    gosh reghcker always gotta be hacking the registry dont ya. HAHA!!!
     
  10. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Hi Iroken22,

    Welcome back!!!!!!!!!1

    Yes, you know I love to play with the registry, but I did find an easier way
     
  11. Blackfryar

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    Removing text form desktop icons

    Hi, Just a thought, but how do you get rid of the text descriptions that hang below each desktop icon?
     
  12. RAK

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    It is possible to do it without resorting to messing with the registry.
    Right click the desktop and personalize.
    Click Windows Classic
    Click Windows colour
    There is you familiar items. You can scroll down and alter icon spacing and quite a few other things. I found a horizontal spacing of 60 accomodated my text nicely.

    Later.
    I should have added that after this you can return to your original background,and the new customisation will remain.
     
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