Saturday, February 09, 2013

Adding a 4th row of Windows 8 Start Screen tiles to any 1366x768 display (i.e. a Surface RT or standard notebook...)

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - INFO: Adding a 4th row of tiles to the Start page of Surface for Windows RT


What you need to do is:

  1. Open the Registry via the desktop using REGEDIT.EXE
  2. Create the following key[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
  3. Create the following String value in this key:
  4. Reboot

Don’t fully know all the side effects of this change, other than the keyboard getting a bit smaller and the fonts looking a little less sharp.  You can however roll back the changes by removing the Scaling key.


I've seen this tweak republished in a number of spots this past week and thought, "Hey, I wonder if this will work on my notebook? A 11x Alienware?"

Yep, is sure did! Here's a snap of my start screen...


BTW, the MonitorSize is a REG_SZ (i.e. a "string value")


Having that extra row is nice, real nice when running on a non-touchscreen device... Remember though, that your mileage may vary and that there might be a very good reason this isn't the default setting...

For background on this, check out where Kurt gathered this information/tweak from, Windows 8 Release Preview user interface is small on a MacBook Pro with Retina display

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