Change the Number of Applications on Windows 8 Start Screen Desktop

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windows 8 rowsThe new Windows 8 Start Screen desktop (also known as Metro Start screen) contains a default number of pinned applications (icons) that let you launch apps in a very easy way. By default, Windows 8 automatically detects the default, used desktop resolution and re-organize the Metro Start screen in 3, 4 0r 5 rows. Basically, the only way you will be able to change the number of rows is to increase your screen resolution. The trick I am going to show you will let you increase (or decrease) the number of such rows without changing the screen resolution. It will also over-ride the default settings that fix the max number of row to 5. In this way you will be able to set 6, 7 or more rows on the desktop!

  1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. Now, type regedit.exe to open the Windows registry.
  3. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ ImmersiveShell\Grid
  4. In the right pane, double click the Layout_MaximumRowCount key
  5. Assign to the Layout_MaximumRowCount key a new value. This value will set the number of row on the desktop.
  6. Click OK to confirm.
  7. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

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