Change number of rows of tiles in Windows 8

In Windows 8, you can change number of rows of tiles displayed on the Metro UI Start Page. But this option is only supported with higher resolutions.

In this post we will learn how to change the number of rows of tiles in lower resolutions as well as higher resolutions.

For Higher Resolutions

You can simply show the setting pane in the Start Screen (Win+C, select Settings) and then go under Tiles. The option is there. If the option is not there, then your resolution isn’t large enough to have more rows. If your resolution is lower, you can check out the method given below.

For Lower Resolutions

In lower resolutions, Windows 8 will automatically decide the number of rows of tiles to fit your screen. However if you really want to make a change to the default number of rows then this post can help you out. We will use registry editor (regedit) to perform this trick.

Note that you should backup Windows Registry before editing it. Or you should create a system restore point. You can see we have 4 rows of tiles as shown in the screen below.

#1 Open Registry Editor

  1. Open Start Page by pressing Windows Key
  2. Type in regedit and hit enter.

#2 Navigate to Grid

Navigate to the following key:


#3 Find Layout_MaximumRowCount

Once you are inside Grid key. Find Layout_MaximumRowCount value in the right pane. If you find it go to step 5.

If you don’t find Layout_MaximumRowCount on the right hand side. Then you will have to create one. Check step 4.

#4 Create Layout_MaximumRowCount value

In the registry editor, Go in Edit > Click on New > Select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

A DWORD value will be created in the right pane as shown below.

Rename it to “Layout_MaximumRowCount” without the quotes.

Double click on it to edit the Layout_MaximumRowCount value. And you will get a screen as shown below. Currently i have 4 rows of tiles. And i will be changing those into 3 rows of tiles. So i will enter 3 inside value data field. And click Ok.

#5 Reboot And Check Start Page

Then just exit registry editor. And reboot the computer. After a reboot my start page has 3 rows of tiles as shown below.

Note that it might not work in Windows RT. But it does work on my Windows 8 Pro. If you tried it, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. Thanks.

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