Change the number of App tile rows in the Windows 8 home screen

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find the following registry key :


  • Find the entry Layout_MaximumRowCount in the right pane of Registry Editor. If it doesn’t exist, you may have to create it. To do this, right-click an empty field in the right pane of the grid, click New and DWORD (32 bits), then type Layout_MaximumRowCount and press Enter.
  • If you find it, set its value to a number higher or lower than the current number. For example, if you have 5 lines on the starting screen, set the value to 4 or 3, the maximum possible value is 5, depending on the resolution of your screen. I changed mine to four.
  • Click the OK button (16) to close the Registry Editor.

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Restart your Windows 8 computer or log out for the changes to take effect.

You will now see that the start screen displays 4 lines. To restore the default settings, you can simply delete the newly created registry key. Remember that it is always a good idea to create a system restore point before making changes to the Windows registry.

UPDATE: Under certain circumstances, Windows 8 offers an additional option to display additional tiles on the Home screen. However, under Windows 8.1, all users will see this setting.

See also how to use PowerShell or VBScript to change the number of App Tile rows on the Windows 8 boot screen.

Do you want to change the color of the tiles on the home screen to Windows 8? Take a look at the Windows check color changer.

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