Operating System Windows How to adjust the vertical space between icons on your desktop in Windows XP?
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How to adjust the vertical space between icons on your desktop in Windows XP?

If you'd like more icons to fit on your desktop, you can adjust the spacing between them so that they sit closer together.

How to adjust the vertical space between icons on desktop?

1.

Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

Desktop shortcut menu with Properties selected

2.

In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab. Then, click Advanced.

Appearance tab in Display Properties dialog box with Advanced button selected

3.

Click the Item list, and then click Icon Spacing (Vertical).

Advanced Appearance dialog box with Icon Spacing (Vertical) selected

4.

In the Size box, decrease the number to move icons closer together, or increase the number to add space between icons. (The smaller the number, the less space there will be between the icons. Conversely, the larger the number, the greater the space will be between the icons.)

Advanced Appearance dialog box with pointer on Size box

5.

Click OK.

Advanced Appearance dialog box with OK button selected

6.

To change the spacing for your existing desktop icons to the spacing you specified in step 4, right-click your desktop, click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu, and then click Align to Grid.

Desktop shortcut menu with Arrange Icons By selected and Align to Grid selected on submenu

7.

Next, right-click your desktop, click Arrange Icons By on the shortcut menu, and then click Auto Arrange.

Desktop shortcut menu with Arrange Icons By selected and Auto Arrange selected on submenu

Microsoft Windows XP arranges your desktop using the new icon spacing you specified. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to return your desktop settings to their original state.

On a monitor with 800 × 600 resolution, changing the default icon spacing from 43 to 39 squeezes eight icons into each column, up from the original seven icons.


Operating system - Windows