Solved Desktop icon box size - width reduction?


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I've tweaked my icon spacing such that I'm no longer getting the icons spaced out too much (using regedit in the Windows/DesktopMetrics keys) as can be seen in my screenshot. So I can move them as close to each other as I like, but the one issue I have remaining is that the size of the box an icon occupies is limiting the positioning when it comes to the left/right edges of the screen. I like to have a bunch of icons on the left and right edges of the desktop and I size my application windows so that I leave a bit of desktop on the left and right visible and have access to all those icons. It's helpful when the toolbar is full up with pinned icons and Microsoft don't want us to have a Quick Launch folder anymore.

Does anyone know how to reduce the width of the box that surrounds the icons? So that I can move them right to the edges of the desktop?

Here's a screenshot or two. One is Windows 11 that shows how I can have overlapping icons, but the standalone one that's selected shows the overly wide width of them. There's a Windows 10 screenshot for comparison with a similarly named icon. Notice how the box is much narrower.

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I am not sure as that can be done
 

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I don't seem to have this problem. Version 21H2 22000.527 desktop icon.jpg I'm just using the stock settings and I can get the icons pretty much up to the edges.
 

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Absolutely no need to mess with the registry when it comes to desktop icons when Aerotweaker will do it all for you. Scroll to the bottom and find 'shortcuts' Winaero
 

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Hello d4005, :)

The overlapping of the desktop icons is from not having Align icons to grid below turned on.


Here you go for the icon spacing size:

 

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Absolutely no need to mess with the registry when it comes to desktop icons when Aerotweaker will do it all for you. Scroll to the bottom and find 'shortcuts' Winaero

I looked at WinAero already and here you see that they only offer the ability to tweak the horizontal and vertical spacing which you can see I've already modified in my original post (left) screenshot. Without them being modified, you can't get icons positioned next to each other so closely. That doesn't affect the actual width of the icon though (which you see in that screenshot on the win11.txt file.

Hello d4005, :)

The overlapping of the desktop icons is from not having Align icons to grid below turned on.


Here you go for the icon spacing size:

That sounds unusual, turning ON align icons to grid but I was willing to give it a try. I just did. It didn't improve anything. As can be seen in the screenshot below which has tweaked horizontal and vertical spacing and align to grid turned on.

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The Align icons to grid setting is only to prevent the icons from overlapping each other.

The box around the icon will take all of the set horizontal and vertical spacing.

What is currently wrong with them?
 

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Well, you could checkout Winaero Tweaker at Winaero. The app offers some flex for icon sizing. See attached pix. Good Luck!

 

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OK, I've got it working. My mistake was adjusting the icon size and expecting it to immediately work. If you follow the instructions properly and log out/back in or reboot, then it does actually follow the value you set. In this screenshot I took it to the extreme and will of course dial it back up from there.
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on my desktop the only thing I change are the metrics, for 1920x1080 I use

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; By Alex ASSR for 1080P Monitor Windows 11

; 19 x 10 icons

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]
"IconSpacing"="-1500"
"IconVerticalSpacing"="-1215"

for me it looks better than the original
*logoff and logon to see the results
 

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OK, I've got it working. My mistake was adjusting the icon size and expecting it to immediately work. If you follow the instructions properly and log out/back in or reboot, then it does actually follow the value you set. In this screenshot I took it to the extreme and will of course dial it back up from there.
View attachment 28281

Great news :party:
 

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Have I missed the point here but can't you simply dynamically change the icon sizes by mouse hovering on the icon and simply using the mouse centre wheel to increase / decrease size and text (and hence box).

Other thing you can do is create custom Icons -- program iconfx is a good one - use the last "free" version.

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Have I missed the point here but can't you simply dynamically change the icon sizes by mouse hovering on the icon and simply using the mouse centre wheel to increase / decrease size and text (and hence box).

Other thing you can do is create custom Icons -- program iconfx is a good one - use the last "free" version.

Cheers
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Hello Jimbo, :)

That would change the size of desktop icons like below, but not the horizontal and vertical spacing of desktop icons.

 

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Hello Jimbo, :)

That would change the size of desktop icons like below, but not the horizontal and vertical spacing of desktop icons.

Hi there
Icofx - create custom icons is another possibility. Use the last FREE version.

Skjámynd 2022-05-02 160601.png

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