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If you add shortcuts to your desktop to launch programs or to open folders, your desktop could quickly become filled with icons. If you'd like more icons to fit on your desktop, you can adjust the spacing between them so that they sit closer together.


To adjust the vertical space between icons


1. Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.


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


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


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.)


5. Click OK.


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.


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



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.


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