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Windows 7: Desktop icons not aligning properly

25 Jun 2011   #1
dkplayaclub

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Desktop icons not aligning properly

I recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows on my hard drive and now I have a strange issue. I have align to grid selected (as I did before) and now I cant put icons in the lower row. Whenever I try they always move up about an inch from the taskbar.

Is there a way to change the size of the grid or something? I would like to do this without third party software, as it worked fine before. Somewhat baffled here. Any help would be appreciated.


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25 Jun 2011   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Are you using a custom DPI (dots per inch) setting? Try pressing the Ctrl button, and use the mouse scroll wheel to resize the icons larger or smaller. See if icon size is the issue. A Guy
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25 Jun 2011   #3
dkplayaclub

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I do resize my desktop icons with this method. and always have, but they would always go to the bottom of the screen. The larger I make my icons now, the farther they ride up from the top (and also away from the right edge).
Why would it do this now when it never did before?
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25 Jun 2011   #4
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Do you also have Auto arrange icons checked? I can't recreate your problem at my custom DPI

A Guy
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25 Jun 2011   #5
dkplayaclub

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

no I leave auto arrange unchecked. I know it seems strange, as I have had this version of windows for over a year with no problems. It seems like there should be no issue being that it is a fresh install.
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25 Jun 2011   #6
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Give it some time, hopefully someone else will be along with an answer. A Guy
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27 Jun 2011   #7
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Run > control color
In the dropdown, change Icon spacing (vertical) to a lower figure (say, 10).
You may have to turn off "align to grid" and move the icons on desktop to about where you want, then turn it back on to see the change.
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04 Mar 2016   #8
bxdobs

Win7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 
Desktop Icons issue with bottom row

Win 7 Pro, 64 bit, 1920x1080, Display 125% Medium, Icon Size Medium, Task Bar hidden on Left

- issue: dragging icons on desktop to bottom row will not stick unless an icon exists above it in the next row
- using Windows Classic Theme so advanced icon spacing not available from screen personalize color screen
- regedit HKCU-Control Panel-Desktop-Windows Metrics-IconVerticalSpacing default value is -1128 ... moving this number gradually either way doesn't appear to change the spacing ... basically expected that these values would be linear ... instead, there appears to be no change until the value gets close to some threshold at that point it just jumps to more or less rows with no apparent way to adjust anywhere in between ... changing the value of IconVerticSpacing to;
-1200 provides 8 rows
-1015 provides 9 rows
-1014 provides 10 rows
-1000 provides 10 rows

Note: also tried turning off the IconTitleWrap 1 -> 0 ... with no result

This problem has been bashed around on several forums since the beginning of time ... plus ... appears to still be an issue in later versions of Windows ... surely someone has a better resolution to this issue?
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