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How to change Windows 11 icon spacing on desktop or laptop, here’s how

Are you a Microsoft Windows 11 user and want to make some changes to the icon spacing? Apart from using third party applications for the same, there are also some customize options using which you can change the Windows 11 icon spacing. Before we tell you how to change the icon spacing, you may know that if you notice icons on your Windows 11 desktop spaced farther apart, it’s because of Microsoft’s design choice. Also, you cannot change or customize it from the desktop or laptop settings. You have to try the tricks and methods given here.

However, you can change the vertical and horizontal icon spacing in Windows 11 using the methods given below. Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s how to change icon spacing in Windows 11 via Registry Editor

step 1

Switch to your Windows 11 desktop or laptop and press Windows + R to open the Run dialog. Alternatively, you can also right click on the Start icon on the taskbar of your system and then select the Run option.

step 2

Then you have to type Regedit and click on Enter or OK.

step 3

Then, go to the path reading- Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics. You can also copy and paste this registry location into the address bar.

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step 4

You will see two registry items Icon Spacing which changes the icon spacing horizontally; and Icon Vertical Spacing which changes the icon space vertically.

step 5

It may be noted that the default value of both the registry items is -1125 and the range is -480 to -2730. You will need to modify these numbers. If you increase the value it will decrease the icon space, if you decrease the value it will increase the icon space.

step 6

Once the value has been changed, click OK. Then you have to sign out of your user account and restart your computer and login again.

step 7

You will be able to see the change made in the icon spacing.


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