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Desktop Icon Spacing

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#1 EJohnB


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:42 PM

It was very EZ in earlier versions of windows to adjust a lot of the GUI characteristics, including vertical and horizontal icon spacing on the Desktop (righclick the desptop and mess with properties).

I found it earlier in WIN7 by pure dumb luck, but now, a month later when I really need it, I'm darned it I can find it again!

Would one of you real experts be so kind as go give me the path back to these properties of the GUI for WIN 7?

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:28 PM

So, you want to make the Desktop icons smaller/bigger?

While on the Desktop (after having clicked somewhere in the empty space), hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard and scroll backwards using your mouse wheel, one click at a time. The icons will resize corresponding to the direction you scroll (back = smaller, forward = bigger).

You may have to rearrange or sort them after the resize.

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Edited by keyboardNinja, 18 January 2010 - 11:29 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:35 AM

I thank you keyboardNinja, it work great for me. I hoped it helped EJohnB.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:45 PM

Actually, I was asking about the spacing of the icons themselves. The way to do that, it turns out, is to go to the personalization of the desktop, select color, and slick on the advanced options where you will find the "old" GUI from prior versions of windows which includes vertical and horizontal icon spacing. I will also try your method for 'sizing' the icons in addition to this method for spacing them - thanks for the fresh information!!

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:33 AM

If you want to set the desktop icons any place on the desk, such as in a circle .. click on the desktop, then uncheck both 'align to grid' and 'auto arrange'.

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