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Is there any way to change the size of the shortcuts? I don't mean the padding or font/icon size, I just want the shortcuts to be wider.

This way describes how to change it in Windows 7, but I cannot find this link on Windows 8 anymore.

Any suggestions how to change this?

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possible duplicate of How can I change desktop icon spacing in Windows 8? –  Hennes Nov 9 '12 at 21:13

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  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

  2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

  3. In regedit, navigate to the location below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

  4. To Change the Desktop Icon "Horizontal" Spacing

    A) In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on IconSpacing to modify it.

    B) Type in a value between -480 to -2730, and click/tap on OK.
    NOTE: The default setting is -1125. The minimum amount of space is -480, and the maximum is -2730.

  5. To Change the Desktop Icon "Vertical" Spacing

    A) In the right pane of WindowMetrics, double click/tap on IconVerticalSpacing to modify it.

    B) Type in a value between -480 to -2730, and click/tap on OK.
    NOTE: The default setting is -1125. The minimum amount of space is -480, and the maximum is -2730.

  6. When finished, close regedit.

  7. Sign out and in of your user account to apply.

Example result:

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Instruction from EightForums - their copy includes step-by-step pictures.

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Thanks, exactly what I need! –  BananaBoss Nov 9 '12 at 20:23
  1. Click on the icon with your mouse.
  2. Press and hold Control
  3. Scroll with your mouse wheel up to enlarge the icons

If you have a touch screen, you should be able to pinch-zoom the icons to make them bigger (I cannot test as I do not have a touch screen device).

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I already know this option, but I don't mean this. I just want the width to be increased, everything else should stay as it is. –  BananaBoss Nov 9 '12 at 20:06
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@BananaBoss you can explain what you mean by the width to be increased? I don't understand. –  Bryan Denny Nov 9 '12 at 20:10
    
I mean this: i.imgur.com/puZUw.png –  BananaBoss Nov 9 '12 at 20:20
    
@BananaBoss Oh. I had no idea that was possible. –  Bryan Denny Nov 9 '12 at 20:31

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