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Prevent truncating of desktop icon labels

Posted on 2006-04-08
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Last Modified: 2008-02-20
When desktop icon labels/names/labels are longer than a certain number of characters, they are truncated, even when wrappng them. Other than the obvious solutions of making the font an impossible-to-read size or shortening the text, is there any way to prevent this truncation?
Question by:Gazaway
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Expert Comment

ID: 16408326
You can increase the Horizontal Icon Spacing.  Control Panel > Display > Appearance (tab) > Advanced... (button). Select "Icon Spacing (Horizontal)" from the drop-down list and enter a number higher than your current one.

This clearly has the side effect of spacing the icons more when automatically lined up, but that's probably better than unreadable text.

Author Comment

ID: 16409847
This sounded like a good idea, but for some reason changing either the horizontal or vertical spacing doesn't have any effect on my desktop - the icons remain spaced as before. I've tried it with "Auto Arrange" both on and off and "Align to Grid" isn't on. Any ideas why this isn't working?

Accepted Solution

JoshdanG earned 500 total points
ID: 16410479
I think for Auto Arrange you can just re-select the sort order you are using (Sort By > Name, Date Modified, etc.) and it should resort/realign everything.  Personally I prefer just checking Align to Grid on (or off then on to refresh it if it's already on).  Whether or not the icons shift, you should still see the titles unwrap immediately after clicking Apply (and waiting when the "Please Wait" pops up).

Be sure you are making significant changes too.  E.g. Don't change it from 32 to 40 and expect to notice.  Try doubling it to 64 and see if that's too much or possibly still too little.

Unfortunately, changing the Vertical Spacing won't give you extra rows, you will always just get 2 when the item is not selected.

Author Comment

ID: 16417202
I had to turn Align to Grid off/on to get the icons to shift. But it worked for the truncation problem. So the points and grade are yours, JoshdanG!

Thanks for your help!

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