Creating Some Space

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Reader Tom D. offers a Windows 2000 desktop tip:

"I like to keep my Windows 2000 desktop clean and uncluttered,

which means using as few icons as possible on the desktop. Even

with only a few icons on my desktop, I wanted to space the icons

farther apart using the 'Line up Icons' command. I found that you

could change the spacing using the Display Properties dialog box.

To do this, right-click the desktop and choose Properties. When

the dialog box opens, click the Appearances tab. Click the arrow

at the right side of the 'Item' list box and select Icon Spacing

(Vertical). Use the spin box to increase the spacing and then

click OK to close the dialog box, saving your spacing selection.

I used a vertical spacing of 50 pixels and found that it was

adequate for what I wanted to do. However, you can set the

vertical spacing as high as you like."

Thanks for the tip, Tom.

Note that altering the spacing as described changes all icon spacing,

the vertical spacing of icons in folders will also increase. You can

set the vertical spacing from 0 to 150 pixels; of course, zero spacing

is not very usable since icons are placed on top of one another.

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