These TIPS are commonly needed by the average computer user.  These tips may apply to Windows 10 Home and Professional Versions as well as LINUX operating systems such as UBUNTU and MINT.  Hopefully it will develop into a ONE STOP SHOP for the many install and operating system adjustments needed to personalize the system being used as well as run most efficiently. 


Tip #001 - How to Fix: Windows 10 Desktop Icon Spacing

Solution #1: Use your Mouse to Adjust Icon Spacing

Icon spacing can be adjusted via the desktop using the mouse. To do so:
Go to your desktop and left click on an empty area of your desktop background. This will ensure that the desktop is activated.

Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard (do not let go). Now, use the mouse wheel on the mouse, and move slide it up or down to adjust the icon size and its spacing. The icons and their spacing should adjust to your mouse scroll wheel movement. When you find the setting you like, release the CTRL key on the keyboard.

This should fix the spacing problem. If it does not, then you will have to use the registry edit (described next).

Solution #2: Use the Registry Editor to Adjust Icon Spacing
You can also adjust the icon spacing using the Windows Registry. To do so:
Click Start and type in "regedit" (no quotes); wait for "regedit" or the Registry Editor to appear in the list and click it.
Scroll to the top of the Registry Editor on the left of the screen and collapse all the folders (if any are open). You should now see: Computer, then underneath that: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS and HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG.
Click the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (folder). It will expand; underneath that, click "Control Panel", then "Desktop", then finally, "WindowMetrics".

On the right column of the screen, double click the IconSpacing (ICS) option and set it to -1125, then click OK. Next, double click the IconVerticalSpacing (ICVS) option and set it to -1125, then click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor; your changes will be active immediately. Next, click Start, then shut down, and reboot the computer.
Your desktop icons should now be back to normal.

Common Settings : (on my widescreen desktop as well as widescreen laptop) ICS=minus1995; ICVS=minus1005