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None of the available registry hacks or customisation tools appear to be able to increase the number of rows I have available in the Metro start interface.

I'm running at 1920x1080 but only have 3x rows of tiles.

Any way of increasing this?


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when changed some of these revert to "3" on log out/log in

OK this is crazy; at 1776x1000 I get 4x rows; at 1680x1050 I get 5x rows; at 1920x1080 I get 3x rows

Guess that's why they call it a "Preview"...

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Perhaps let us know which "registry hacks" and "customisation tools" you've tried already. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 6 '12 at 1:24

Number of rows in the start screen can be tweaked by editing the registry.

NOTE: Before making changes to the registry, it is recommended that you back it up or create a restore point.

  1. Open the registry editor.

    Open Registry Editor

  2. Navigate to the following key in the left pane.


  3. Look for the Layout_MaximumRowCount value in the list on the right. It’s most likely not there. If not, select New | DWORD (32-bit) Value from the Edit menu to create a new value.

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  4. A new value is created and the text for it highlighted. Rename the value “Layout_MaximumRowCount” (without the quotes). Double-click on the new value to edit it.

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  5. On the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialog box, select Decimal as the Base and enter the desired number of rows in the Value data edit box. The maximum number of rows is five. Click OK.

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  6. Close the registry editor. You must log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.

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