How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing on Windows 11 or 10?

Users can usually adjust icons’ spacing on the desktop on Windows 11 and 10 using Registry tweak. You can also increase or decrease the horizontal and vertical spacing for desktop icons on Windows 11, 10, 8, etc. If you also want to adjust the spacing for desktop icons but don’t know how to do it, this risewindows article will guide you through.

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing on Windows 11 or 10?

Follow the below-illustrated steps to adjust the desktop icon spacing on the Windows 11/10:-

Step 1: Begin with opening Registry Editor.

Step 2: Now, navigate to the following from the left navigation pane of Registry Editor:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

Step 3: Open the WindowMetrics folder; you’ll find two REG_SZ entries on the right side, namely, IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing, letting you change the horizontal and vertical settings, respectively.

The default value for both REG_SZ is -1125. You can set it between -480 and -2730, where -480 defines the minimum and -2730 maximum spacing.

Now, double-click on IconS ing REG_SZ and set new Value data, say -2000,, to customize the horizontal spacing.  Step 4: Next, click on the OK.

Step 5: After this, double-click on IconVerticalSpacing REG_SZ and set the same Value data same as that for IconSpacing REG_SZ. It ensures that vertical and horizontal spacing between icons is the same.

Step 6: Click OK and finally reboot your computer to see the new spacing between desktop icons.

On a side note, the above steps will help you change the spacing between the desktop icons only and n t the File Explorer. In other words, the spacing between the icons of the File Explorer is going to be the same.

That’s it.

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