Change The Number Of App Rows Displayed In Windows 8 Start Screen [How To]


One of the most important features in the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the new Start Screen from Metro UI, which basically replaces the old style Start Menu from previous Windows versions.

What the new Start Screen from Metro UI bring to the table is the fact that it allows you to launch apps in Windows 8 with just a single click. If you have an app that you use often, you can pin the application to the Start Screen so that it can be accessed instantly.

The new Start Screen from Windows 8 Metro UI will automatically detect your screen’s resolution and then adjust the number of Metro app that you have pinned in 3 or 4 rows, depending on the settings that you use.

If you are going to use Windows 8 on a screen that has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, the Start Screen will have the Metro apps displayed on four rows. If you use a screen resolution of 1440×900 pixels, the Windows 8 Metro apps will be pinned to the Start Screen on five rows.

This indicates that the number of Start Screen apps and rows is strictly dependent to the resolution settings that you are currently using in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If you increase the screen resolution of your display, you will benefit from having more rows and Metro apps in the Start Screen of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Change The Number Of App Rows Displayed In Windows 8 Start Screen [How To]

Change The Number Of App Rows Displayed In Windows 8 Start Screen How To

If by any chance, you are stuck to a low number of rows of apps in the Start Screen, this article is going to show you how you can change number of app rows displayed in the Start Screen of the the Metro UI from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to increase. The tweak that we are going to describe in the article works both ways, meaning that you will be able to decrease the number of App rows that are displayed in the Start Screen of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Here is what you have to do in order to tweak the number of app rows in the Start Screen of Windows 8.

Use the Windows and R keys to open up the Run dialog box. Then type in regedit.exe to open the Windows Registry built-in editor. It is very likely that UAC will prompt you to allow access to the Windows service; click on the yes button.

Once the Windows Registry editor opens you should look for the following entry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid and check if an entry called Layout_MaximumRowCount exists in the right window. If it does not, then you will have to create it. If it is present, you must edit the field and then set a higher value to increase the number of app rows in Start Scren of Windows 8, or set it to a lower value to decrease the rows that display the pinned apps in Windows 8 Start Screen.

When you are finished editing the registry entry, you will have to click on the OK button to close the built-in Windows 8 Registry Editor. To check the result, you will have to first log off your windows session and then log on back again. If you’ve done everything properly, you should now have a higher, or lower depending on your case, number of app rows in the Start Screen of Windows 8.

If you would like to know what is the maximum number of app rows allowed in the Start Screen for your resolution, the below table will help you in adjusting the settings for the Start Screen.

Screen Resolution Default Max Min
800 x 600 3 3 1
1024 x 768 4 4 1
1152 x 864 5 5 1
1280 x 720 4 4 1
1280 x 960 5 6 1
1280 x 1024 5 6 1
1440 x 900 5 6 1
1600 x 900 5 6 1
1900 x 1080 5 6 1

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